The Present Becomes the Past - IFLA Newspapers Conference

The Present Becomes the Past - harvesting, archiving, presenting today’s digitally produced newspapers.

Conference at the National Library of Sweden, Stockholm 19-20 August 2009


The IFLA Newspapers Section in collaboration with the National Library of Sweden are organizing a two-day pre-conference and satellite meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, 19-20 August 2009. The venue for the conference is the National Library, which is situated in the park Humlegården in central Stockholm..

Co-sponsors of the conference are the IFLA Preservation & Conservation Section, and IFLA Core Activity on Preservation & Conservation (PAC).

This conference aims at not only sharing the collective knowledge about how libraries can tackle challenges of harvesting, archiving and presenting today’s digitally produced newspapers, but also to open up opportunities for libraries, librarians and associated publishing industry players to interact with one another and work out suitable partnerships that will help to improve the provision of newspaper services at libraries.


There will be 2 tracks of presentations that highlight particular aspects and issues related to the creation and future digital storage of newspapers, involving the following topics:

Track 1 - The current situation of born digital production


  • How to preserve the daily/ weekly output
  • Technical issues of preservation
  • Metadata: consistency; organisation; levels of existing organisation
  • The publisher perspective and needs
  • The software suppliers perspectives and needs from libraries
  • Harmonisation of metadata for older digitised newspapers and born digital newspapers

Track 2 - Newspapers on the Web

  • Harvesting non-print newspapers
  • What "edition" to harvest
  • Storage of digital files
  • Cataloguing of harvested newspapers as digital object

A more detailed programme will be published shortly.

Who should attend

  • Library administrators, librarians, information specialists/managers in the public, national or academic libraries involved or interested in the digital aspects of newspaper librarianship
  • Service providers interested in new projects/initiatives and approaches in newspaper librarianship
  • Vendors who supply software to publishers
  • Newspaper publishers
  • Archivists dealing with sound and moving images


The registration form is now closed. If you are interested in registrering, please email Pär Nilsson par.nilsson [at] kb.se for further information. The registration fee for the conference is 50 Euros.

Please indicate if you wish to wish to be present at the Evening Reception on August 18 and the Evening Banquet at Sea on August 19, together with your dietary requirements (Vegetarian / Dairy free / Gluten free / Other diet).

Included in the registration fee are:

  • The two-day conference
  • Two buffet lunches, and coffee/tea during breaks
  • The Evening Reception (August 18)
  • The Evening Banquet at Sea (August 19)

All participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenditures.

Hotel accommodation

The conference does not arrange hotel accommodation for the participants, but provides this list of and links to recommended hotels near the National Library of Sweden, with Tripadvisor links and popularity rating among 166 reviewed Stockholm hotels:

Best Western Time Hotel (Tripadvisor 3)
Clarion Collection Hotel Tapto (Tripadvisor 15)
Crystal Plaza Hotel (Tripadvisor 8)
Hotel Hellsten (Tripadvisor 18)
Hotel Riddargatan (Tripadvisor 53)
Mornington Hotel Stockholm (Tripadvisor 16)
Rex Hotel (Tripadvisor 28)
Scandic Anglais (Tripadvisor 29)
Scandic Park (Tripadvisor 41)

For the location of the hotels and the National Library, please see the Google map IFLA Stockholm 2009 – hotels.

For accommodation arrangements, please contact the hotels directly. Delegates are advised to book early, as rooms are subject to availability.  Terms and conditions of the respective hotels apply.


Please email your general enquiries to Pär Nilsson: par.nilsson[at]kb.se

Related information

 IFLA Newspaper conference announcement

 Programme outline IFLA Stockholm 2009

National Library