National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress, and, ultimately, each American state and territory. The program provides digital access to historically significant and unique U.S. newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. NEH supports state projects for the digitization. LC maintains the data preservation and the access portal, Chronicling America. It is freely available to internet users around the globe, and in addition to the digitized newspapers, it provides a directory of newspaper titles from across the nation; a product of NEH's highly successful: United States Newspaper Program.

University of Kentucky Libraries

The University of Kentucky Libraries was one of six inaugural states in the NDNP. Adopting an entirely in-house film-to-digital methodology, UK developed a high level of expertise with film to digital processing. Out of this experince came meta|morphosis in 2006, to support a growing need to inform and instruct potential NDNP participants. In 2012, it was transformed into a collection of self-paced learning tutorials and quizzes freely available to anyone around the world with internet access.

Tutorial Presenters

David Brunton

David is the supervisory information technology specialist at the Library of Congress Repository Development Center. We're certain he earned a degree, but we're not sure from where. He is a writer, father of four, and a pretty funny guy with a milk cow.

Crystal Heis

Crystal is the Senior Image Management Specialist at the University of Kentucky Libraries. She earned her BFA in Photography from UK. She jests, "I just take the pictures," yet, she oversees all imaging workflow, quality control, standards, and equipment. She is an artist, photographer, and proud owner of one precocious dachshund.

Kathryn Lybarger

Kathryn is Head of Cataloging and Metadata at the University of Kentucky Libraries. She holds degrees in library science, mathematics and computer science, and worked on KY-NDNP as a graduate assistant while in library school. She sees metadata everywhere and is always trying to organize it and send it to people.

Mary Molinaro

Mary is Associate Dean for Library Technologies at the University of Kentucky Libraries and Principal Investigator for KY-NDNP. She earned her BA and MLS from Ball State University. She is a Frye Leadership Institute graduate and Distinguished Service Professor at UK. She has traveled extensively as library consultant in Ecuador, Vietnam, India, and Tunisia and, boy, are her arms tired.

Rebecca Ryder

Prior to becoming Director of Keeneland Library, Becky was the Head of Preservation at University of Kentucky Libraries. She authored the first UK NDNP grant proposal, and became the first recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award for preservation excellence. She earned her BA in English from the University of Virginia and her MLIS from the University of Kentucky. She loves traveling, but not by horseback.

Kopana Terry

Kopana earned her BA (Photography) and MLIS at the University of Kentucky. She led KY-NDNP across three grants (2007-2013) and meta|morphosis from concept to web. Beyond her preservation, newspaper, grant, and audio-visual expertise are lives as photographer, writer, artist, and musician. She dislikes Brussels sprouts but still speaks to other leafy greens.

Deborah Thomas

Deborah is the Library of Congress coordinator for the NDNP. She earned a BA (Linguistics and Psychology) at the College of William and Mary before beginning her career in promoting the use of cultural heritage collections through technology. She enjoys reading historic newspapers but wishes she understood what some of the cartoons were talking about.

Santi Thompson

From 2009-2012, Santi was the project manager for the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program. He earned a BA (Classical Studies, History) from Hiram College and MLIS and MA (Public History) from the University of South Carolina. When not thinking about NDNP vendors, he spends his free time as a LGBT activist and a consumer of (mostly bad) television.

Nathan Yarasavage

Nathan manages NDNP data production activities at the Library of Congress. He earned his BS (Information Science) and MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. Before LC, he worked on NDNP and other digital projects at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is the proud owner of 1 polydactyl and 1 non-polydactyl cat.