The process of digitizing the News Enterprise from 1924 to the present will be a standard process. The Adirondack Museum librarian has graciously given us permission to use their microfilm copies of the paper and will loan them to the NNYLN. The microfilm will be scanned, and images will run through optical character recognition (OCR) software and be indexed. The indexed images will then be placed on the Network’s web server, interfaced with a search engine and made available to the public over the Internet.
When we began researching this project in February, we didn’t know how much the digitization project would cost or where we would put the issues online. After all, the Northern New York Historical Newspapers project does not serve most of the News Enterprise readership: the Warren County town of Johnsburg and the Hamilton County towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. Luckily, it does serve the Essex County towns of Minerva and Newcomb, so we were welcomed into the Network’s family.
And, because we are part of the family, digitizing the News Enterprise will be free for us. We can’t thank the Network and the Adirondack Museum enough for their generosity.
We’re not sure when the back issues of the News Enterprise will be available online, but we’re hoping for sometime in 2012. When that happens, we’ll be easy to reach; you can find us camped out at our computers, flipping through the online pages of Adirondack history.
Andy Flynn is the Assistant Managing Editor at Denton Publications. He may be reached at email@example.com.