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October 2013 Newsletter
Papers Past Hits 3 Million Pages!
Last month Papers Past, New Zealand’s largest online collection of national newspapers and periodicals, reached a major milestone.  The collection now contains over 3 million pages of historic New Zealand publications spanning more than 100 years (1839 – 1945) of news.  This is a significant achievement for the library and a huge benefit for patrons at home in New Zealand and interested parties abroad.

Papers Past is a great resource for anyone interested in New Zealand’s rich and colourful past, family historians, students, researchers, and special interest enthusiasts.  Patrons will be pleased to know that Papers Past is currently running a free-to-enter competition for all users, called "Find yourself in the past/Lose yourself in the papers” for a chance to win a framed print from their Alexander Turnbull collections.  This is a great opportunity to visit the collection and see what treasures you might find just by searching for your name.  Find out how it works.

Papers Past is one of the largest and busiest Veridian newspaper collections.  It reaches upwards of 300,000 page views every day.  Veridian software easily supports the heavy traffic and the demanding search requests, returning results with speed and accuracy.

  Papers Past consists of:   Latest additions to the collection:
    •  83 newspaper titles     •  King Country Chronicle (1906 – 1920)
    •  490,856 newspaper issues     •  Mount Ida Chronicle (1869 – 1926)
    •  3,108,938 pages     •  Oamaru Mail (1876 – 1920)
    •  39,066,113 articles     •  Timaru Herald (1901 – 1920)

DL Consulting congratulates the National Library of New Zealand for the work they have done preserving and providing access to New Zealand’s historic cultural heritage newspapers.
Veridian – Not Just for Newspapers

Did you know that Veridian is the perfect solution for displaying maps, photographs, videos, books, journals, audio files, and virtually any type of digitized material?  Veridian is known for the large digital newspaper collections it displays, such as the The Cornell Daily Sun, The Daily Princetonian, and The Columbia Spectator.

Perhaps Veridian is not as known for how well it can display other types of digital media.  Click sample collection to see how a collection of multiple types of content is presented and the ease with which Veridian conducts searches across all content types.  Click on the browse tab in the sample collection to see examples of maps, postcards, books, audio, video, and other types of content.

If you are interested in creating a collection of newspaper or non-newspaper material now is a good time to contact us.  We have recently revised our prices to make it even more affordable to create small- and medium-sized Veridian collections.  For example, you can set up a collection of 10,000 items or less for as little as $2,750. 

We can also set up a free, fully functional demo with a sample of your content if you would like to preview your collection in Veridian.  Contact us for more information.
We are busy preparing for the last few conferences of the year.  Next week we are attending LIANZA, Library and Information Association of New Zealand, in our hometown of Hamilton, New Zealand.  On Tuesday, the 22nd of October we will present “The A-Z of Building a Digital Newspaper Archive:  A Case Study of the Upper Hutt City Leader.” If you are planning to attend LIANZA, please stop by room P27 at 1:30pm to say hello.

In November Frederick Zarndt, member of the IFLA Newspapers Section committee, is attending the Digital Library Federation Forum in Austin, Texas.  Frederick is presenting “Digital collections: If you build them, will they visit?” co-authored with Brian Geiger, Robert Stauffer, Alyssa Pacy, Joanna DiPasquale, and Meredith Palmer.

Following the conferences, both papers will be available online at in the Knowledge Base.
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