Unlocking History: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project ( LSTA Grant Proposal )

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Grant proposal for digitizing Florida newspapers which are then accessible online in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library.

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Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services
LSTA APPLICATION
Application Due: March 15, 2011

LIBRARY / ORGANIZATION NAME Hernando County Public Library System

MAILING ADDRESS 238 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FI 34601

PHONE # 352-754-4043 FAX # 352-754-4042

CONTACT PERSON Peter Tuite E-MAIL ADDRESS ptuite@hernandocounty.us

FEID OR FLAIRS # 59-1155275

CONTRACTING AGENCY NAME Hernando County Board of Commissioners

TYPE (check one): X Public 13 K-12 E Academic 1T MLC O Special 0D


Public Library has implemented an Internet Safety Education Program? D Yes X No

CATEGORY (check one)
D3 Access for Persons Having Difficulty Using Libraries
X Library Technology Connectivity and Services
PROJECT NAME : Unlocking History: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project
PROJECT X New E Continuing If continuing, specify year:
LSTA FUNDS REQUESTED $40,414

PRIORITY# 1 OF 1 APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED

LIBRARY SERVICE AREA POPULATION 171,233

NUMBER OF PERSONS TO BE SERVED BY PROJECT 385,000 students & library p

TARGETED USER GROUP (Check all that apply)
D[ Children El Youth [ Adults El Older Adults X Mixed
El Other, specify_



Adam Brooks, Library Services Manager Date


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B. Introduction

Unlocking History: The Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project
Local newspapers provide a valuable service. They are a vital source of
communication and give information that cannot be found elsewhere. Newspapers
focus on local news, businesses, organizations, and people, and build a sense of
community. They often report on anniversaries, family and class reunions, county
commission meetings, school activities, births, deaths, and marriages, and the opening
and closing of businesses. They also provide a venue for local opinions, a place where
ordinary citizens can make their voices heard. Local reporters live and work in the town
or county they cover and they understand their neighbors and share many of their
values. Newspapers are also a primary means of knowing what occurred in the past,
providing details of people, places, and events, and expressing the attitudes of the
community over a period of time.

The residents of Hernando County appreciate the value of their local newspapers and
frequently request to consult the library's collection of old newspapers for historical
information or genealogies. This collection is on microfilm at the Hernando County
Library (Main branch) in Brooksville and has been among the more popular library
resources. The Hernando County Library System would like to make these valued
resources 'more easily accessible to the public by having them digitized and made
available online worldwide.

Hernando County is located on Florida's Gulf Coast and covers an area of 477 square
miles. The population from 1960 to 1990 increased by 802%. As of July 2009, the total
population according to the US Census Population Estimates Program was 171, 233,
Including 23,129 Pk-12 students. The Hernando County Public Library System is
governed by the Board of Commissioners of Hernando County, and consists of 4
branches serving the east, west and downtown areas, plus the unincorporated area
known as Spring Hill. In addition, 2 small stations serve rural areas of the county. The
East and Spring Hill branches celebrated their 5th anniversaries in January and March of
this year, respectively. 93,685 cardholders checked out 666,059 Items in fiscal year
2010, and cardholders and visitors used library computers 101, 434 times, logged 12,287
hours on the wireless service and made 384,278 visits to the library website to use the
library's catalog and databases.

Unemployment in the county was at 15.2 percent in November, according to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, and remains high, as does the rate of foreclosures (7th highest
In the state In December of 2010). County residents rely on the library for Internet
access to search for work, and to apply for unemployment and social services to keep
their homes and care for their families. It Is also an important source for students of all
ages, and for those who otherwise could not afford entertainment material, such as
reading material, audio books, and DVD's.





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The library services manager is a professional librarian, The staffing for fiscal year 2011
consists of 46 employees: 38 full time and 8 part-time. 10 employees hold professional
librarian degrees. In addition, senior and teen volunteers work in several capacities in
the library, and a very active Friends of the Library group operates a used bookstore that
provides funding for library programs. The Hernando County Library Advisory
Committee advises the Board of Commissioners on library operations.

Context of the Project
The Hernando County Library system, along with its partners, is applying for an LSTA
grant to digitize the historical local newspapers, which are currently on microfilm, for
uploading to the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, hosted by the University of Florida
Libraries. Digitizing the film will allow genealogists, historians, students, and other
interested persons access to this information 24/7 and help preserve the newspaper
images for continued use.
The Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project will become part of the Florida Digital
Newspaper Library (FDNL). FDNL builds on the work done by the Florida Newspaper
Project, part of the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), a cooperative national
effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve on
microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the
present. This NEH funded initiative has existed in various phases for over 20 years in all
50 states, with thousands of titles cataloged and millions of images microfilmed as a
result.
In 1993, the state of Florida, with coordination provided by the University of Florida
Libraries, joined the USNP. Initial efforts in 1993-94 centered on compiling a database
of all extant newspaper titles held in the state and a survey was conducted of 1,000
likely newspapers repositories. With advanced technologies available, the Florida
Digital Newspaper Library's goal has been to digitize the microfilmed and print
newspapers for better preservation. A total of 716 Florida newspaper titles have
been digitized for preservation (including 77,266 issues and 1,119,780 pages) as well as
cataloged and the bibliographic records made accessible in the University of Florida's
online public catalog, as well as in WorldCat, an international cataloging database. The
Florida Digital Newspaper Library, offering online historic and current newspapers, and
the Florida Newspaper Project, providing a search form to locate newspapers that are
available only in microfilm or paper, are both freely and openly available.
The FDNL previously digitized the Hernando News for July and August of 1891:


Title: The Hernando
news
Alternate Title: News
Physical
Description: Newspaper




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Language: English
Publisher: Fred L. Robertson
Place of Brooksville
Publication: Hernando County
Fla


Frequency:


weekly
regular


Subjects / Newspapers -- Brooksville (Fla.) (Icsh)
Keywords: Newspapers -- Hernando County (Fla.) (Icsh)
Genre: newspaper (marcgt)
Spatial Coverage: Florida -- Hernando County -- Brooksville
Coordinates: 28.553529 x -82.388668 ( Place of publication )

Notes
Additional Electronic reproduction of copy from George A.
Physical Smathers Libraries, University of Florida also
Form: available.
Dates or
Sequential Began in 1886.
Designation:
General
Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 50 (July 25, 1891).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the
Library Services and Technology Assistance granting
program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of
Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
Record
Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00054180
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights All rights reserved by the source
Management: institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph 002012046
oclc- 33129759
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Related Items

Preceded by: Watchman (Brooksville, Fla.)
Succeeded by: Brooksville register
Succeeded by: News-register (Brooksville, Fla.)


UFDC
Membership
Aggregations: Florida Newspapers
Florida Newspapers
Subcollection


The Florida Digital Library Center Capacity
The UF Florida Digital Library Center has a robust infrastructure which supports discrete
distribution of tasks and operations and thus enables expanded production capabilities.
Although this Hernando County Newspaper grant proposal is one of four proposals
under consideration for LSTA grant funding--all of which are to be carried out by the
University of Florida Digital Library Center--the University of Florida Libraries is
confident that these projects will all be completed successfully and on time. The
following details provide further explanation. The University of Florida Digital
Collections (UFDC) contain over 6.5 million pages of historical documents, archival
letters, maps, photographs, museum objects, books, newspapers, and more. UFDC has
grown quickly, starting in only 2006, to such a large collection of resources through its
effective design as the central hub with many distributed spokes. UFDC is the robust,
centralized hub for accessing all of these digital resources and the UF Digital Library
Center serves as the support team for the central hub. As the central support team, the
UF Digital Library Center staff provide all support for UFDC, set up digital file ingests for
materials digitized externally by vendors and partners, support the self-submission
system used by partners and researchers to directly contribute materials to UFDC, and
provide training and support for dozens of partner institutions which then conduct
digitization in their local locations and contribute materials to UFDC as the central
repository for access and preservation. Because this infrastructure supports a discrete
distribution of tasks and operations, UFDC is agile and can easily alter scale and
processes to accommodate new and different projects. This enables UFDC to take on
many projects at once, provided that components of the work are properly distributed,
as they are for this LSTA project.







Hernando County Public Library System


B. LSTA Outcomes Plan
Project Name: Unlocking History: The Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project
Project Summary/Program
Purpose: Provide freely available
global access to historical
newspapers of Hernando County.
The Hernando County Public Library System in partnership with University of Florida Libraries will: 1) convert 107 microfilm reels to digital content; 2) upload newspapers to Florida Digital Newspaper Collection; 3) Create and upload a video tutorial for
using the collection; 4) broadly promote the online collection through the partners identified.

INPUTS ACTIVITIES OUTPUTS OUTCOMES EVALUATION INDICATORS SOURCES/METHODS

Hernando Cty Public Library System: Newspaper Microfilm Reels: Digital Newspaper Files and 1. Public uses technology to access 2,000 views within 6 months of UF system generated statistics to be
2-reference librarians 1) Pull reels and ship to vendor Metadata: information (academic faculty/students, completion collected when complete collection is
UF Libraries Staff: 1-Social Science 2) Vendor digitizes reels 75,000 pages digitized content in PDF historians, genealogists) available
librarian, co-principal investigator; 1- 3) Vendor ships drives to UF format
History librarian, co-principal 4) UF uploads electronic files 1) Southern Argus 1923-24
investigator; 1-Digital Library Center 5) UF DLC performs OCR functions; 2) Brooksville Herald 1926-28
(DLC) interim director, 1-DLC project Quality Control 3) Brooksville Journal 1928-1959
supervisor; 1-DLC newspaper 6) Develop landing page, metadata and 4) Brooksville Sun 1932-1959
processing expert, PR expert publishing history, cataloging 5) Brooksville Sun-Joumal 1960-1976
7) Files loaded to UFDC Florida 6) Daily Sun-Joumal 1979-1992
Digital Newspaper Library
8) Upload links to Project Newspapers in
Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers

Partners: Web Presence: Web Presence: 2. Public learns to use technology Teachers, students, researchers, 2a. Confirmation with dept. faculty
1) UF Libraries 1) Create landing page for collection 1) landing page for collection (Electronic mailing lists, such as the Ask genealogists will successfully learn to 2b. Post surveys of high school students
2) Genealogy Society of Hernando 2) Create individual histories and 2) individual histories and bibliographic A Librarian network, are used to alert use online collection including: 2c. Post surveys of lab classes
County bibliographic record for each newspaper record for each newspaper title public libraries, schools, government 2a. 11 FL university history departments attendees
3) Hernando Historical Museum title agencies, and academic institutions to 2b. 5 Hernando County High Schools 2d. Post surveys of genealogical society
Association the updated and improved resources) 2c. 24 lab class attendees attendees
4) Friends of the Library of Hernando 2d. 15 genealogical society presentation 2e. Post surveys of Heritage Museum
County attendees presentation attendees
2e. 5 Heritage Museum presentation
attendees

Newspaper Runs 107 microfilm reels Training/Instruction: Instruction/Training: 3. Preservation of digitized materials 3. 75,000 pages accepted into the 3. Verified receipt of digitized pages into
1) Southern Argus 1923-24 1) Develop and post video tutorial on 1) Tutorial video according to current standards DAITSS archive for Preservation DAITSS archive
2) Brooksville Herald 1926-28 using newspapers for research 2) 2 outreach presentations standards
3) Brooksville Journal 1928-1959 2) Provide outreach presentations in 3) 2 local history and genealogy lab
4) Brooksville Sun 1932-1959 Hernando County: Heritage Museum, classes
5) Brooksville Sun-Journal 1960-1976 Genealogy Society 4) 5 teacher training
6) Daily Sun-Journal 1979-1992 3) Outreach programs for local history
and genealogy lab classes


Outcomes Plan
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Hernando County Public Library System


Outcomes Plan
2


INPUTS ACTIVITIES OUTPUTS OUTCOMES INDICATORS SOURCES/METHODS
Software/Hardware/Storage: Publicity: Publicity:
1) UFDC System SobekCM 1) Post to Hernando County Public PR reaches university students/faculty;
2) Camtasia software Library webpages librarians; genealogists; Hernando
2) UF centralized storage (CNS) 2) Featured partner icon representing County residents
collection on UFDC homepage 1) Hernando County Public Library
3) Announcement/link posted to UF webpages
Libraries homepage 2) Featured partner icon representing
4) Link to various Hernando County collection on UFDC homepage
websites 3) Announcement/link on UF Libraries
5) Electronic announcements through FL homepage
AskALibrarian network; FLGenWeb; 4) Link to various Hernando County
historical society webpages websites
5) Electronic announcements through FL
AskALibrarian network; FLGenWeb;
historical society webpages
6) 1300 flyers to Heritage Museum
visitors and festival
7) 500 bookmarks distributed at Friends
of the Library Bookstore
Vendors: Evaluation activity: Functionality:
Backstage Library Works (cold vault 1) Quality review of material 1) Full-text searchable to page level
storage) 2) Feedback from collection users 2) Users can search by title, location,
Creekside Digital/Lyrasis (digitization) 3) Focus group to provide tutorial citation info
feedback 3) Users can display as page image or
zoomable image
4) Pages may be printed or downloaded
as jpeg or pdf
5) Permanent URL





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D. Need
Hernando County has a long and colorful past that generates much interest among
residents and visitors alike. Especially noteworthy and very popular are the walking and
driving tours of the many historic and picturesque homes in and around downtown
Brooksville; the annual Heritage Day Festival, and the "Brooksville Raid" held
every year and voted by the Florida Re-enactors as the largest and best Civil War
reenactment in Florida. Also of interest is the county airport, which served as an Army
Air Force base in World War II; the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, home of famous
Mermaids and the site of several films since the 1940's; Centralia, the ghost town that
sprang up at the turn of the last century and disappeared just 20 years later, and Spring
Hill, which has grown rapidly from a fledgling community in the late 1960's to home for
most the county's people. All of these are sources of inquiries for historical information.

The library's collection of Brooksville newspapers, spanning the years 1923-1992, is our
primary source of that history. They are among the unique small town newspapers,
reflecting the issues of the times from a distinctly rural viewpoint. News, opinion
columns, features, ads, comic strips and political cartoons, photos and other material
allow readers to study local history through the eyes of those who lived it, and to gain a
unique perspective on war, economic and social upheaval, and other events of historic
significance.

The Brooksville Sun-Journal (1928-1959), for example, includes minutes of the County
Commission and regular sections on local high school activities. In response to the
Watergate Affair, the paper included patriotic images and the U.S. Constitution in a
number of issues. Klan rallies are covered in the 1920s, and a later column in 1975
notes with objectivity and sobriety that the Klan is rising again. The impact of the
Great Depression and World War II are reflected in the pages of the Brooksville Journal,
and the county's transformation from a predominantly agricultural community in the
30's to a haven for retirees is well documented in the Sun- Journal, and later in the
Daily Sun-Journal. The newspapers demonstrate the striking contrasts between "then
and now", from clothing styles and food prices to attitudes about race and the impact of
war on a community, making them an excellent starting place for school projects and
other research.

No other local institution has copies of these newspapers available in any format. The
Hernando Heritage Museum has large collection of old local newspapers, but they are in
poor condition and not accessible to the public. The Hernando County library's
collection includes:

The Southern Argus, 1923-1924
The Brooksville Herald, 1926-1928




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Brooksville Journal, 1928-1958
Brooksville Sun, 1934-1939, 1945-1959
Brooksville Sun-Journal, 1959-1979
Daily Sun-Journal, 1979-1992

The remaining amount of local history material, both in print and online is limited. The
library has a small collection of writings on county history authored by local historians,
as well a limited number of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and miscellaneous articles
kept in its vertical files. Online, the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times provide full
text Hernando County obituaries back to 1996 and 1998, respectively. This dearth of
information makes the library's newspaper collection a unique and important resource.

In 2007, a local business donated a used microfilm machine to the library system. This
machine has broken down repeatedly and is currently out of order. Hernando County
has been hit particularly hard by the recent economic downturn. As a result, the
library's budget for the coming fiscal year is down approximately $1.5 million from
$2,549, 350 in 2006. This drastic reduction has greatly affected the ability of the
Hernando County libraries to repair equipment, such as the one microfilm machine, or
pay for any of its microfilm to be digitized. Library funding for the future will be flat if
not further reduced.

The library currently loans out the reels for viewing and printing in libraries outside of
Hernando County, putting them at risk for loss or damage and causing an inconvenience
for borrowers. The expense in time and dollars required by this arrangement puts the
collection out of the reach of most of our patrons and the general public.

Our target audiences are Hernando County and Florida residents who contact the library
in search of information on local history and genealogy. Our goal is to make it possible
for students, teachers, genealogists, professional and amateur historians and others
with an interest in county history to have full access to this collection.

This effort has generated much enthusiasm throughout the community. The local
genealogical society, the historical museum, local teachers, and others interested in
preserving the county's heritage have enthusiastically endorsed the project and look
forward to viewing the papers in the future. Mr. John White, for example, was a regular
user of our microfilm viewer for his project on the aviation history of Hernando County
and now checks out the reels for viewing in Tampa. A recent article in the Hernando
Times reported on a collaborative project by Weeki Wachee high school students that
explored the history of local schools, from the mid-18th century to the present day; the
"Hilltop" a feature of the Brooksvllle Journal for many years, as well as coverage of the
school board and other school related news, would have been an excellent resource for
their project. Digitizing the collection will allow teachers to bring the collection directly
into the classroom, and for students to study them from home.





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Digitization will also benefit genealogists: Laverne Tornow, Hernando County
Coordinator for FIGenweb and the usgennet.org page for Hernando County history,
plans to enhance her genealogy and history websites by placing links to the collection
on both. The library receives requests for obituaries, not only for Hernando County and
Florida but from other states, as well. One HCPLS reference librarian is a volunteer for
the "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" website and responded to two dozen
requests for obituaries in the last year, A few dozen more obituary requests are
addressed to the library by both postal mall email each year.

The trend towards moving newspapers from microfilm to digital format is nationwide,
and includes Florida. The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is an
online database providing links to over 1000 full-text digital newspapers in the United
States and Caribbean available at: http://www.newspapercat.org. The project's current
coverage, which began with the Southeastern United States, Is growing rapidly and will
soon cover all fifty states. The purpose of NewspaperCat is to improve access to
historical newspapers digitized by libraries, archives, historical societies and other
non-profit organizations that remain buried within search engine returns such as Google
PageRank. These newspapers represent a rich source of primary research material for
researchers, students, and the general public. The project to build NewspaperCat was
funded by the George A. Smathers Libraries and developed with the cooperation of the
Digital Library Center of the University of Florida. The digitized Hernando County
newspaper collection titles will be added to the Catalog as soon as they are available.

NewspaperCat will be the portal for The Florida Digital Newspaper Library, which
includes over 1 million pages of historic and current newspapers, with free access for all.
Since 2006, more than 68,000 visitors have viewed close to 3 million items on the site.
The addition of the Brooksville papers will move the Library closer to its goal of having
all of Florida newspapers online, and the adding newspapers from a small community is
significant and very worthwhile: Hendry County, a small rural community, has had
80,000 views of its collection since it was placed online in 2007. Digitization will mean
free and quick access to the contents of the newspapers, from any place that has
Internet access. It will also mean savings to the local patrons for costs related to the
microfilm machine, including paper, toner, maintenance, and repairs. Digitization also
negates the loss of these resources due to deterioration of the film.

E. Inputs

1. Microfilm. 107 microfilm reels of Hernando County newspapers covering 1923-1992.

2. Staff
Key Project Personnel Hernando County Public Library System


Peter Tuite has been a librarian for 6 years. He is reference librarian at Hernando





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County Public Library System. In addition to reference desk duties, he designs and
teaches computer classes for library patrons and maintains the library's local history
materials. Project role: will be responsible for seeing the project through to its
conclusion and will be active in promoting the digital newspapers to the local
community and schools.

Jeanne Del Vecchio, Reference Librarian I, has an MALS degree from Dominican
University in Illinois. Previous jobs include children's librarian/assistant director and
library director of a suburban Chicago public library. She joined the Hernando County
Public Library System in 2000, where she has been working at the public reference desk
since 2004. Project role: will be active in promoting the digital newspapers to the local
community and schools.


Key Project Personnel University of Florida

Shelley Arlen, Associate University Librarian has worked in multiple capacities,
including library management, in research libraries at the University of Oklahoma and
the University of Florida for over 35 years. She is now U.S. and British History Librarian
in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department, University of Florida Libraries. With
degrees in Library Science, Anthropology, and English, she Is currently creating online
digital tutorials to help undergraduates learn the difference between primary and
secondary sources as students begin their research projects. Project role: Co-PI,
responsible for creation of the online video tutorial for the Hernando County Digital
Newspaper Collections; she will participate in instruction sessions for UF students and
the subsequent evaluation of the tutorial's effectiveness.

James Clifton, Main Imaging Queue Coordinator, holds a BA in anthropology at the
University of Florida began working for the Smathers Libraries in 1993 as a part-time
microfilm camera operator in the Preservation Department, and went full- time in 1996.
He moved to the Text Unit in the Digital Library Center in 2003, later spent three years
as a computer programmer with the Florida Center for Library Automation, and
returned to Smathers back in the DLC in 2010, this time in the Imaging Unit. He develops
and supervises workflows, and automating processes. Project role: ingest the vended
materials into the University of Florida Digital Collections and archive the materials to
the Florida Digital Archive at the Florida Center for Library Automation.

Barbara Hood is the Senior Information Specialist for the libraries where she generates
and coordinates public relations efforts on behalf of the libraries as a whole and
individual programs, events and initiatives. She works closely with the library
administration, faculty and staff, UF News Bureau and UF Foundation, Inc. to
disseminate information and promote the libraries to the academic, library and general
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especially those receiving external support, in news articles and with the university's
News Bureau to assist in releasing the information to the media. Hood also organizes
programs and grasps opportunities for developing library education and social events in
conjunction with specific development efforts, educational campaigns or academic
events. She earned her bachelor's degree in visual arts from the University of South
Florida. Project role: will be to promote the project to the appropriate media outlets,
both internal and external to the University of Florida

Randall Renner, Project Manager for Operations & Digital Projects, holds an MFA in
Creative Photography, UF. Before coming to the Digital Library Center in 2002, Renner
taught college level courses on computer art and montage, mixed media studio classes,
black and white photography, training seminars on various computer applications, and
worked as a photographer, photographing rare books, artwork, and 3-D models, in a
studio environment and on location. His experience in photography spans the entire
process, from image capturing via digital or analog methods to the printing and display
of the captured images. Renner is an imaging expert for two and three dimensional
objects. He supervises all of the production units in the DLC including copy
control/ingest; main, newspaper, and large format imaging; A/V digitization; quality
control; text processing and archiving, to ensure quality control of all production in
regards to preservation and presentation. Project role: Renner will supervise all digital
production units, provide oversight for the digitization of workflow between digitization
units, track production schedules, and facilitate communication and trouble-shooting
between units.

Colleen Seale, Associate University Librarian, has over 25 years of frontline reference
experience in libraries at Michigan State University and the University of Florida. She
earned an MLS from the University of Michigan and an MS from Michigan State
University. She also selects materials for Humanities and Social Sciences Reference,
Women's and Gender Studies and Anthropology. She is currently involved in a project to
make freely available digital historical newspapers accessible through a catalog called,
NewspaperCat at: Errorl Hyperlink reference not valid. Project Role: PI, responsible for
managing the overall project at the University of Florida.

Laurie Taylor, PhD, Interim Director of UF Libraries' Digital Library Center Taylor has
served on a review panel for the Digital Humanities Start-up grants for the NEH. Her
current projects include continued development of the UF Digital Collections (UFDC),
including existing projects and initiating discussions for potential new projects and
partners. She is the technical director for the Digital Library of the Caribbean, technical
director for the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, and Co-PI for America's Swamp: the
Historical Everglades, a project to digitize six archival collections. Her current research
explores methods to digitally represent and contextualize archival materials, as well as
other issues related to digital collections from cultural heritage institutions. She has
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library and information science, open access, and literature; and she co-edited a
collection on digital representations of history and memory, Playing the Past: Video
Games, History, and Memory. Project role: Taylor will provide oversight of the digital
collection online presence and be responsible, in conjunction with Digital Library Center
staff, for the archiving of the TIFF masters with the Florida Center for Library
Automation.

3. Grant funds. The LSTA grant will used to convert the library's microfilmed
newspapers to a digital format. This will help preserve the newspapers and make
them available globally 24/7.

4. Partner Organizations:
The University of Florida
Under the direction of Colleen Seale, the UF Libraries will administer the activities
needed to send the master microform negatives of the Hernando County newspapers to
Creekside Digital and then to receive the digitized versions, have them cataloged for
online access, and ensure that the master microform negatives are sent back to
Backstage Library Works. The Digital Library Center, under the direction of Laurie
Taylor, will host the digital version of the Brooksville Newspapers and make them
available through the digital library collection website. Librarians will be part of the
marketing team to promote the digital collection of Hernando County newspapers. In
addition to creating an online video tutorial for the digitized newspapers, the UF
Librarians will also assess the effectiveness of the tutorial with campus focus groups.

The Brooksville Historical Museum Association, the Genealogical Society of Hernando
County, and the Hernando County Friends of the Library are local partners in this grant
application and will provide assistance with publicizing the digital newspapers.

F. Action Plan
The following narrative describes all of the activities required to carry out the digital
conversion, hosting and preservation required for the project.

Microfilm Retrieval
Backstage Library Works, the cold vault storage facility for the University of Florida's
master microfilm negatives, will pull and ship the Brooksville newspaper reels of
polyester film to Creekside Digital, specialists in microfilm scanning services, for vended
digitization. The UF Libraries will send portable drives to the vendor on which to load
the digitized files as the digital images are created from scanning the microfilm. Once
the digitization is completed, Creekside will return the reels to Backstage Library Works
to refile at the storage facility.

Specifications
All vended imaging will be completed in accordance with established professional





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standards. Imaging methods depend on object characteristics, and follow principals and
guidelines established by the Library of Congress' National Digital Newspaper Program,
Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives (Anne R. Kenney
and Oya Y. Rieger [Mountain View, CA : Research Libraries Group, 2000], and Cornell
University's Digital Imaging Tutorial. Specifications for imaging (i.e., scanning, text, and
metadata) are based on digitization specifications previously established by UF and
other partners for the statewide Florida Digital Newspaper Library cooperative
(http://ufdc.ufl.edu/fdnll/digit/), the Digital Library of the Caribbean cooperative
(http://dloc.com/dlocl/digit), and the PALMM cooperative
(http://fclaweb.fcla.edu/node/590/). These specifications are optimized for data
exchange with or harvesting by other digital libraries such as the NewspaperCat
(http://newspapercat.org), U.S. National Science Foundation's National Science Digital
Library the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services' National Leadership Grant
collection, and OAlster at the University of Michigan.


Scanning: Ribbon scanning
Creekside Digital uses next-generation microfilm digitization hardware and software
from nextScan. Their staff has been trained on this equipment by nextScan
employees. These scanners incorporate fiber optic lighting sources and proprietary
microprocessors into their design, providing top-quality scans and ensuring that
digitized images represent the frames on the film as accurately as possible.

nextScan's NextStar software takes an Innovative approach to rollfilm digitization.
Rather than performing frame detection "on-the-fly" and outputting images as the film
passes through the scanner, the NextStar software captures the entire roll of film as a
contiguous "ribbon." The microfilm operator is then able to visually "audit" this ribbon
to ensure that the frame detection software has correctly defined image boundaries.
This eliminates the chance of misfiring frame detection algorithms cropping or skipping
images due to changes in image density on the film a common problem when dealing
with older materials on microfilm of often dubious quality. All ribbons are initially
captured in 10-bit grayscale, regardless of the final output's color depth (e.g., 8-bit
grayscale or black & white).
Once setup (lamp / gamma and focus) is complete, the operator actually scans
("captures") the roll, creating a ribbon. Each ribbon represents the entire roll of film -
leaders, targets, every single frame, and all the black space between each frame. No
Images are actually output as the film passes through the scanner instead, the ribbons
are stored as raw binary image data on servers until they are audited during a QA
session.

Scanning and Auditing
Once capture of a ribbon is complete, the NextStar software will perform initial frame
detection upon the ribbon and automatically identify the frame boundaries for each roll





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of film. A human operator visually QA's 100% of the images created by Creekside Digital
using this tool. For NDNP-specification projects, the operator will ensure that images
have sufficient overscan for the required downstream processing (e.g., deskewing,
cropping, 2-up splitting).

Shipping and Processing
Once the vendor has created the digital files and loaded them to the portable hard
drives provided by the UF Libraries, the hard drives will be shipped to UF as runs are
completed. The UF Libraries' Digital Library Center (DLC) will then add all of the
individual newspaper issues by publication title and date to the UF Digital Collections'
system (SobekCM). The images will then be separated into individual issue-level
packages images and will be processed by the DLC, as described below.

Metadata
Once objects are received by the DLC, Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard
(METS) metadata will be created in the UF Digital Collections' system (SobekCM), and
enhanced both automatically and manually as objects move through the workflow. The
UF Digital Collections' system (SobekCM) assigns a unique Bibliographic Identifier (BibID)
to each title-object processed, and that BiblD is used to track the item (see UF Metadata
Information) and contains the issue-objects which are assigned a unique Volume
Identifier (VID). This title and issue level metadata allows for proper serial hierarchy,
allowing users to search and browse within a particular title and by date and issue. The
METS files include technical and structural data about each image, as well as descriptive
and administrative information. Any pre-existing metadata (e.g., from catalog records)
will be imported into the UF Digital Collections' system (SobekCM) before beginning the
process of ingesting the vendor digitized files.

Quality Control & Derivative Creation
After the vendor digitized files are received, all aspects of image control and digital
package creation will be controlled by the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC)
Toolkit, an integrated software package that controls derivative image formation,
quality control review at the package level, and deployment to UFDC servers within the
Florida Digital Newspaper Library. DLC staff will derive JPG, JPG2000 and JPG thumbnail
images. JPG2000 files with zoom features are used in the display of large-format items
like newspapers. A Quality Control tool displays thumbnails of each image in sequential
order for staff review. Errors will be noted and returned for re-imaging of items. At this
point, an object's METS file will contain basic structural and administrative metadata, as
well as any pre-existing descriptive metadata imported at the start of the process.

Digital Package & Text Processing
After quality control, the digital package moves to text conversion, mark-up, and METS
file validation. Staff will ensure that all package-level metadata conforms to the national
METS, to local extension schemas, to UFDC requirements, and for long-term digital





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preservation in the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) (see "Digital Preservation" below). Staff
will implement Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing to produce searchable
text from digital images. The DLC currently uses Prime Recognition's PrimeOCR
software, which bundles six OCR engines from multiple vendors. PrimeOCR is governed
by a voting engine that typically yields 99% accuracy. It includes automatic image
zoning, and can process English, Spanish, and French.

All objects will go through OCR processing. Metadata can be created during imaging,
and project staff and partners will be able to create or revise metadata after the objects
are available online (see Online Metadata Editing below). With final package approval,
staff will use the UFDC Toolkit to transfer the package to the UFDC server for public
access and metadata harvesting and send the package to the FDA for preservation
archiving.

Deployment
Project staff will create a project homepage, including all project documentation and
resources. Discovery of the Hernando County Newspaper digital collection will occur in
several ways: 1) A project homepage made available as part of UFDC; 2) MARC records
with linked 856 fields in online catalogs of UF, WorldCat, etc.; 3) MARCXML record feed
available for download and ingest into any catalog by any institution; 4) OAI compliant
metadata harvested by digital repositories; and 5) complete electronic packages
contributed to other online collections.

Discoverability of the digital objects will be enhanced by a variety of search and browse
options. Researchers will be able to conduct keyword and subject searches of all of the
newspapers for this project and all of the newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper
Library simultaneously from the main Florida Digital Newspaper Library page.
Alternatively, they will search each newspaper title individually or combine two or more
newspapers in their search scope. All of the newspapers for this project will be
searchable together through the Hernando County Public Library institution page, which
will be linked from the "Partners" page of the Florida Digital Newspaper Library
(http://ufdc.ufl.edu/newspapers/partners). In addition, all digital objects will be
discoverable via the UFDC homepage, so researchers can search them in combination
with all the other digitized materials held by UF and its partner institutions. Because the
entirety of the UF Digital Collections is indexed and searchable through commercial
search engines like Google, all of these resources will also be available through any
general web search.

Functionality of digital newspaper content
The six Hernando County newspapers will be fulltext searchable to the page level. That
is, after entering a search, the pages on which the search term appears will be displayed
in a list, each newspaper page from this list may be separately displayed. Searches may
also be conducted by newspaper title, location or from the citation information.





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Advanced searching allows even further refinement. The map browsing and searching
for the Florida Digital Newspaper Library allows users to view, browse, and search all
newspapers on a map. All of the Hernando County papers will display in the correct
geographic position and context, alongside other Florida newspapers
(http://ufdc.ufl.edu/newspapers/map)

Each newspaper page may be displayed as a page image (a static JPG image), a
zoomable Image (JPEG2000), and a thumbnail overview showing all of the pages for
ease of browsing (JPG images). The page or pages may be printed or downloaded
(functions not currently available in the Google News Archive) using the easy "print"
button at the top of every page. Each newspaper title and all issues can easily be linked
to via a permanent URL.

Digital Preservation Plan and Sustainability
In practice consistent for all UF digital projects, redundant digital archives are
maintained. Currently the two primary archives are maintained by the UF Libraries and
the Florida Digital Archive. UF maintains an internal ready-access archive of all files in
UFDC. Files are saved to a tape archiving system and tapes are retained in
environmentally controlled storage. Information about tapes and their contents are
logged in the UF Digital Collections' system (SeobekCM), with MD5 checksum numbers
and file format and version information, in association with administrative and
bibliographic metadata. The Databases queue disks and files for inspection every three
years and migration every ten years or upon format obsolescence.

The Florida Digital Archive (FDA) is administered by UF and is a digital preservation
partner with the UF Libraries. The FDA was initially funded in part by a grant from the
Institute for Museum and Library Services, and is now supported through the State
University Libraries of Florida. Physically, all digital information is stored in off-line
systems under FDA administration at UF's NorthEast Regional Data Center on IBM
Magstar 3590 extended length cartridges (i.e., magnetic tape). Cartridges are inspected
routinely, refreshed as necessary, and periodically migrated to replacement media. All
electronic data is stored with MD5 checksum for verification of data Integrity. Metadata
is maintained in METS-compliant data structures. Bibliographic metadata, including
cataloging, is also retained in FDA maintained and archived bibliographic systems. The
software programmed to support the FDA is modeled on the widely accepted Open
Archival Information System. It is a dark archive and no public access functions are
provided. It supports the preservation functions of format normalization, mass format
migration and migration on request. The process of forwarding original uncompressed
TIFF Images to the FDA Is the key component In UF's plan to store, maintain and protect
this project's object data.

Publicity
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both local newspapers and on the library website, and at all branches and stations of
the library system. In addition, the Genealogical Society of Hernando County, the
Hernando County Friends of the Library, and the Hernando Historical Museum
Association will also announce the project at their meetings and in their facilities and
publications.

Shelley Arlen, Colleen Seale, and the Hernando County Libraries staff will create a 1 Y to
2 minute online tutorial on the Hernando County newspapers. This tutorial will help
publicize the project and help users wishing to view the digital newspapers. The
presentation will cover:

Which newspaper titles and years are available in online digital format and which ones
are on microform;

How to access and search the online digital newspapers;

Brief histories of the newspapers;

An overview of regular columns, important issues confronted, and glimpses into the life
and times of the people in the county.

This tutorial will be created on Camtasia software utilizing excerpts and images from
the newspapers. It will be available online with links from the various Hernando County
Libraries websites and from the UF Libraries tutorials and newspaper sites and the UF
Digital Libraries homepage and be promoted in instruction sessions for UF
students. Hernando County staff will encourage other Florida County Libraries to link
to the tutorial. The Camtasia presentation will be shown to the public at Hernando
County Library events and at functions sponsored by the HC Libraries' grant partners.

University of Florida Libraries will promote the project to the appropriate media outlets,
both Internal and external to the University of Florida. Links to The Hernando County
Digital Newspaper Collection will be added to the Catalog of Digital Historical
Newspapers (NewspaperCat) at: Errorl Hyperlink reference not valid, for broad access
to communities and their respective lists of individual newspaper titles.


Timeline






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November Master negative microfilm sent to vendor for Backstage Library
2011 digitization Works pulls and
Develops schedule with vendor for digital files ships reels to
conversion from vendor Creekside Digital
Dec -June Vendor digitizes files to meet National Digital Creekside Digital
2012 Newspaper Program specification and
standards.
As runs are completed, digital content will be
sent to UFDC on portable drives
March UF and HCL Librarians will research and create UF and Hernando
2012 a storyboard for an online video tutorial for the County Librarians
HC digital newspapers

May -June UF Librarians will produce the tutorial using UF and Hernando
2012 Camtasia software County Librarians

June 2012 Hernando County Library launches outreach Hernando County
and publicity program Public Library
System Librarians
July 2012 UF Libraries receives digital files UF DLC
Adds all digital newspaper issues to UFDC
production system for tracking
Aug Sept Performs OCR processes UF DLC
2012 Loads digital files to UF Digital Collection
Archives digital files to UF Florida Digital
Newspaper Library
Aug Sept Hernando County Library continues outreach Hernando County
2012 and publicity program Public Library
System
UF Librarians will work with student focus UF Librarians
groups at UF to evaluate the Project tutorial






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Copyright
As explained in Cornell's "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
1 January 2011" (http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm):


mm0


Date of
inte U.S.


Conditions j Copyright Term-


FUDiication
6 t

1923 Published without a None. In the public domain due to failure to
through copyright notice comply with required formalities
1977



The newspapers selected for this project have been reviewed by the Subject Specialist Librarian
serving as the PI and the selected titles do not bear a copyright notice or symbol for issues
through 1977. Given that these newspapers do not bear the copyright symbol and are in the.
public domain as full collective works, they are to be processed in the same manner as all
newspapers through the UF Libraries unless they are found to have an excessive portion of
content in the form of syndicated news. The Subject Specialist Librarian will review all issues
and if any issues are found to have excessive syndicated content, then those select issues will
be noted, reviewed,.and queued for any additional processing as necessary.

Issues published after 1977 will be digitally restricted to a single-user check-out system at any
given time to comply with the needs of copyright, preservation, and access. When items are in
use, they will be checked-out by a single user and other users will see a message to check back
for the item later. The check-out system automatically checks-in materials,.and makes them
available for another to check-out, after 15 minutes with no activity. As the post-1977 issues
were published by corporations or companies that no longer exist, and permission is.therefore
unable to be obtained, the Libraries must limit accessibility in this manner. These measures,
imposing reasonable limitations on access... support a fair use argument. (See Appendix)








Library/ Organization Name: University of Florida Libraries
Project Name: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Library

BUDGET (round all amounts)


LSTA


SALARIES & BENEFITS
POSITION TITLE
Aso Univ Librarilan(Seale)
Aso Univ Librarian(Arlen)
Ast Univ Ubrarian(Taylor)
Library Associate 3(Renner)
Library Associate 2(Clifton)
Information Specialist, Sr(Hood).
Ref Librarian (DelVicchlo/Hernando)
Ref Librarian (Tuite/Hernando) -
TOTAL SALARIES

CONTRACTUAL SERVICES
Microfilm Conversion

TOTAL CONTRACTUAL SERVICES

LIBRARY MATERIALS


TOTAL LIBRARY MATERIALS


F.T.E.
0.015
0.03
0.01
0.01
0.08
0.005
0.038
0.039


LOCAL/STATE MATCH


$ 1,186
$ 2,153
$ 706
$ 605
$ 3,988
$ 337
$ 2,244
$ 2,289
$ 13,508


$ 30,094

$ 30,094


SUPPLIES


TOTAL SUPPLIES


TRAVEL -


EQUIPMENT


TOTAL EQUIPMENT


OTHER (specify)
Data Storage


TOTAL OTHER -


+ $ $ 13,508


$ 10,321

$ 10,321

$ 40,415


= $ 53,923


TOTAL






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G. Budget Page and Narrative

Unlocking History: The Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project
Budget Narrative
October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012

Hernando County Public Library System Key Personnel

The following cost share will be contributed to the project:

Jeanne Del Vecchio, Reference Librarian (3.8% FTE totals $2,244 including benefits) will
promote the digital newspapers to the local community and schools.

Peter Tuite, Reference Librarian (3.9% FTE totals $2,289 including benefits) will
promote the digital newspapers to the local community and schools

UF Libraries Key Personnel

The following cost share will be contributed to the project:

Colleen Seale, Principal Investigator and Associate University Librarian (1.5% FTE totals
$1,186 Including benefits) will provide overall project management and will add links to
newspaper collections to the Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat)
at: http://www.newspapercat.org for broad access to communities and their respective
lists of individual newspaper titles.

Shelley Arlen, Co-Principal Investigator and Associate University Librarian (3% FTE
totals $2,153 including benefits) will be responsible for creation of the online video
tutorial for the Hernando County Digital Newspaper Collections; she will participate in
instruction sessions for UF students and the subsequent evaluation of the tutorial's
effectiveness.

James Clifton, Main Imaging Queue Coordinator (8% FTE totals $3,988 including
benefits) will ingest the vended materials into the University of Florida Digital
Collections and archive the materials to the Florida Digital Archive at the Florida Center
for Library Automation.

Barbara Hood, Senior Information Specialist (.5% totals $337) will promote the project
to the appropriate media outlets, both internal and external to the University of Florida.

Randall Renner, Project Manager for Operations & Digital Projects (1% FTE totals $605
including benefits) will supervise all digital production units, provide oversight for the
digitization of workflow between digitization units, track production schedules, and
facilitate communication and trouble-shooting'between units.





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Laurie Taylor, Interim Director of the UF Digital Library Center, (1% FTE totals $706
including benefits) provide oversight of the digital collection online presence and be
responsible, in conjunction with Digital Library Center staff, for the archiving of the TIFF
masters with the Florida Center for Library Automation.

The following expenses relate to the LSTA funding request for UF Libraries:

Microfilm conversion will be completed by Creekside Digital/Lyrasis ($280/microfilm
reel) and Backstage Library Works (cold.vault storage) will release the master microfilm
reels from storage and receive them when conversion is complete ($1.25/reel) for a
total cost for 107 microfilm reels of $30,094.

Data storage will be provided by the University of Florida's Computer and Networking
Services to set up the collection for long-term and redundant storage for digital content
of 107 digitized microfilm reels, for a total cost of $10,321.







Partnership Agreement
Library Services and Technology Act Grant


An agreement should be completed between the library and each partner. If another
agreement or contract is already in place, it can be substituted for this form as long as the
conditions listed below are included.

Library/Organization Name:_Hemando County Public Library System
Partnering Agency Name: Genealogy Society of Hemando County

Partner Mailing Address P.O. Box 1793

Brooksville, Florida 34605


Project Name: Unlocking History: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project

We, the undersigned agree to provide the following programs, services, or activities:

1. Advertise the digital newspaper collection to county residents at our meetings and events, and
in our newsletter.

We further agree to each of the following:
X To implement the project as presented in the project application and any project revisions.
X If the partner organization is a faith-based community organization, that the support received through the
project will not be used for religious or sectarian purposes.
X That funds or services received will be used in accordance with the application and any applicable laws
and regulations.
X Service s will b ovided at no charge and will be available to the target population.


Signature of Authorized ffary Official Signature of Authorized Partner Officia

Adam Brooks Maedella Penny Oade
Name of Authorized Library Official Name of Authorized Partner Official
(print or type) (print or type)

Library Services Manager Treasurer for 2011 for The Genealogy
Society of Hernando County
Title of A thorized Library Official Title of Authorized Partner Official
S\\_________________ March 11, 2011
Date Date
LSTA Application
Chapter 1B-2.011(2)(d), Florida Administrative Code, DLIS/LSTA01, Effective-11/20/2001











Partnership Agreement

Library Services and Technology Act Grant


An agreement should be completed between the library and each partner. If another
agreement or contract is already in place, it can be substituted for this form as long as the
conditions listed below are included.

Library/Organization Name: Hernando County Public Library System
Partnering Agency Name: University of Florida Libraries
Partner Mailing Address: PO Box 117000, Gainesville, FL 32611
Project Name: Unlocking History: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project

We, the undersigned agree to provide the following programs, services, or activities:

1. Manage the digitization process with external vendors, for microfilm reels of selected
newspapers
2. Ingest digitized files into UFDC
3. Display bibliographic records for each newspaper title
4. Create landing page for collection
5. Create video tutorial for using newspaper collection
6. Promote collection

We further agree to each of the following:
X To implement the project as presented in the project application and any project revisions.
X That funds or services received will be used in accordance with the application and any applicable
laws and regulations.
X Servic ill be provided at no charge and will be available to the target population,


Signature of Authorized Library Official S ature of Authorized Partner Official

_._ am _Brookg_ Judith C. Russell
Name of Authorized Library Official Name of Authorized Partner Official
(print or type) (print or type)
Library Services Manager Dean of University Libraries
Title of Authorized Library Official Title of Au orized Partner Official


Date Date


LSTA Application
Chapter 1B-2.011(2Xd), Florida Administrative Code, DLIS/LSTA01, Effective-11/20/2001









Partnership Agreement

Library Services and Technology Act Grant


An agreement should be completed between the library and each partner. If another agreement or
contract is already in place, it can be substituted for this form as long as the conditions listed below
are included.

Library/Organization Name:_Hernando County Public Library System
Partnering Agency Name: Friends of the Library of Hernando County, FL, Inc.

Partner Mailing Address: 238 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601

Project Name: Unlocking History: Hemando County Digital Newspaper Project,


We, the undersigned agree to provide the following programs, services, or activities:

1. Provide promotional bookmarks for use in the Friends of the Library bookstore and in the Library
branches.

2. Advertise the digital newspaper collection to local users by distributing promotional bookmarks at
the Friends of the Library bookstore.

We further agree to each of the following:
D To implement the project as presented in the project application and any project revisions.
0 If the partner organization is a faith-based community organization, that the support received through the
project will not be used for religious or sectarian purposes.
0 That funds or services received will be used in accordance with the application and any applicable laws and
regulations.
O Services will be provided at no charge and will be available to the target population.


Signature of Authorized Library Official Signature Auorized Partner Official

Adam Brooks Betty Geentiens
Name of Authorized Library Official Name of Authorized Partner Official
(print or type) (print or type)


Library Services Manager
Title of Autlorized Library Official


Date

Chapter 1 B-2.011 (2)(d), Florida Administrative Code,


President, Friends of the Library
Title of Authorized Partner Official


Date

DLIS/LSTA01, Effective-11/20/2001




I I


Partnership Agreement

Library Services and Technology Act Grant


An agreement should be completed between the library and each partner. If another
agreement or contract is already in place, it can be substituted for this form as long as the
conditions listed below are included.

Library/Organization Name: Hernando County Public Library System
Partnering Agency Name: Brooksville Historical Museum Association
Partner Mailing Address 601 Museum Court, Brooksville, Fl 34601
Project Name: Unlocking History: Hernando County Digital Newspaper Project

We, the undersigned agree to provide the following programs, services, or activities:

1. Promote the digital newspapers to local users by referring students, genealogists, and other
researchers to the University of Florida Digital Newspaper Collection.

2. Increase use of the digital newspaper collection by providing a link on the Hernando Heritage
Museum website.

We further agree to each of the following:
X To implement the project as presented in the project application and any project revisions.
X If the partner organization is a faith-based community organization, that the support received through the
project will not be used for religious or sectarian purposes.
X That funds or services received will be used in accordance with the application and any applicable laws and
regulations.
X Services will b provided at no charge and will be available to the target population.


Signature of Authorized Library Official Signatu/e of AuthorizedPartner Official

Adam Brooks Virginia Jackson
Name of Authorized Library Official Name of Authorized Partner Official
(print or type)

Library Services Manager Executive Director
Title of Authorized Library Official Title of Authorized Partner Official


Date Date


LSTA Application
Chapter 1B-2.011(2)(d), Florida Administrative Code, DLIS/LSTA01, Effective-11/2012001







M'E HIERNANDO HISTOIRUCAL
MUSEUM ASSOCIAlliON. INC.
601 MUSEUM COURT
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 34601
TELEPHONE: (352) 799-0129 FAX: (352) 799-4766




February 24, 2011


Peter Tuite, Reference Librarian
Hernando County Public Library System
238 Howell Ave
Brooksville, Fl 34601

Dear Peter,

We are very happy to hear of your project to digitize Hernando County's historic
newspapers. The Hernando Historical Museum Association believes that preserving our
history provides many benefits to our citizens- in education, tourism, and recreational
opportunities. Local history helps us understand where we have come from and who we are
today, and is a source of pride for the community.

The Brooksville newspapers are vital source of information about that history. The
museum will use them to compliment our own collection of historic materials and better
assist genealogists, historians, students and other visitors to our museum and genealogy
center.

Best of luck with your project.


Sincerely,

Dennis Rhodes ,
Curator
Hemando Heritage Museum


Signature











John Warren White, P.A.
Architect



February 21, 2011



Mr. Peter Tuite
Reference Librarian
Hernando County Public Library
208 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, Florida 34601

Re: Digitizing old Hernando County Newspapers

Dear Mr. Tuite:

Researching our local newspapers has become a difficult task, I must drive 45 miles to the
Tampa Library to get digital copies of the items, I need for my background on the Aviation
History of Hernando County.

Opening our History to the internet is a must "DO"-it will insure our past trials and successes
will be easily available to everyone.


Please add my voice to your request.


Since rel


Jo W. White
Un ersity of Florida "59"


513 Colonial Dr. Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone 352-796-4972
Fax 352-754-5274








Bob Martinez Advertising Agency


407 S. Brooksville Ave. Brooksville FL 34601
(352) 799-1945 email: bmartadv@msn.com
Publishing

Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories
"Hernando County's most popular magazine!"


February 14, 2011
Dear Mr. Tuite,

As a local historian, member of two historical societies, and publisher of a local
history magazine, Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, the local access to old newspapers
is invaluable. It enables us to distinguish from past myths and rumors to actual fact. It
provides us with a time line of important local events. As a historian and publisher for the
past 14 years of the magazine, it has always helped us pinpoint exact names, dates and the
true story, which tends to be exaggerated with time and legend. It also features the old ads
and other articles that offer a glimpse at our past popular culture as well. One of the things
we have always stressed about the importance of our magazine, is that unless it is written
down or accessible, it dies, along with that generation. Once again, these newspapers and
articles are invaluable and the lifeblood of any true historian and are absolutely imperative
in keeping our history alive. We hope that we can preserve these news files for the ages,
for history never really goes out of style. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to
express our position on this.


Sincerely,



Robert Martinez, publisher
Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories
Gator Alumni class of 1968








FLORIDA STATE SOCIETY
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
ANNUTTALIGA CHAPTER

February 21, 2011
Mr. Peter Tuite
Hemando Public Library
Brooksville, Florida

Dear Mr. Tuite,

The Annuttaliga Chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution is pleased to support your request for the grant to
enable you to digitize the newspaper archive housed at the
Main Branch of the Hernando County Library.
In the past several of our members and prospective members
have utilized the references at your branch in their efforts to
complete application papers for our organization. Among these
references are microfilms for newspapers spanning the years
1923 1992 which have proven invaluable for our genealogical
research.
Preservation of these and other sources for our own research
and continuing research of students, authors, genealogist, and
historians is of utmost importance.
We are grateful for the assistance the library system has
afforded us in the past, and we are hopeful for your success in
securing grant funding for this project.

Sincerely,



Alice Sawyer, Regent
Annuttaliga Chapter






Bob Martinez Advertising Agency


407 S. Brooksville Ave. Brooksville FL 34601
(352) 799-1945 email: bmartadv@msn.com
Publishing

Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories
"Hernando County's most popular magazine!"

February 14, 2011
Dear Mr. Tuite,

As a local historian, member of two historical societies, and publisher of a local
history magazine, Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories, the local access to old newspapers
is invaluable. It enables us to distinguish from past myths and rumors to actual fact. It
provides us with a time line of important local events. As a historian and publisher for the
past 14 years of the magazine, it has always helped us pinpoint exact names, dates and the
true story, which tends to be exaggerated with time and legend. It also features the old ads
and other articles that offer a glimpse at our past popular culture as well. One of the things
we have always stressed about the importance of our magazine, is that unless it is written
down or accessible, it dies, along with that generation. Once again, these newspapers and
articles are invaluable and the lifeblood of any true historian and are absolutely imperative
in keeping our history alive. We hope that we can preserve these news files for the ages,
for history never really goes out of style. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to
express our position on this.


Sincerely,



Robert Martinez, publisher
Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories
Gator Alumni class of 1968










March 9, 2011


To: Peter Tuite
Reference Libraian
Hernando County Public Library

From: Laveme Tomow
Genealogist
FLGenWeb Hemando County Coordinator
www.rootsweb.ancestrv.com/~-flhema2/index.html

RE: Digitalizing of Newspapers

Newspapers of the past are extremely important as a research tool. In many instances, when our
pioneers were not landowners, the only "paper trail" they left was a birth, death or marriage notice in a
local long defunct newspaper. Ofttimes I have found the only record of an ancestor was in a
newspaper. In the case of a sister to an ancestor, there may be no other record of who or if she married
other than an obscure entry in a newspaper.

Newspapers also give us a "feel" for the lives they led in the storied that were printed. They tell us
what the pertinent issues were that were important to them.

Making the archived newspapers more readily available by digitalization and placement in a database
that is available by electronic means can assist untold numbers of persons in their search for their roots
and other research of an historical nature.

Sincerely,



Laverne Tomow







- 919 North Broad Street Brooksville, Florida 34601 (352) 797-7000 -


March 3, 2011


Peter Tuite
Reference Librarian
Hemando County Public Library
238 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, FL. 34601


Superintendent
'Bryan 'lCavatt

Chairman
James C. Yant

Vice Chairperson
Dianne 'BonfieCd

Members
Charles "'Pat" Fagan
CJnthia SMoore
John 'K. Sweeney


Dear Mr. Tuite,

Our organization wholeheartedly supports your efforts for obtaining funding through the Library Services
and Technology Act Grant for the purpose of converting Hernando County newspapers into digital
format. Our HEART Literacy organization often uses newspapers as a teaching tool for our adult
students. By having these newspapers in digital format, this would make it much easier for our students
and teachers to do research. In addition, the preservation of old newspapers is very important when
researching history in our county.


Good luck with the grant and we are very hopeful that you will obtain funding.
partnership with the Hemando County Library System.


We appreciate our


Sincerely,


Denise Moen
Supervisor of Adult, Community Ed., and Vol. Programs
Hernando County School District
352-797-7018 Phone
352-797-7118 Fax
moen_d@hcsb.k12.fl.us














Tre mission of the ~ernanto County ScooSysrem is toprovui e a quaf education i asafe environmentfor te youtI of our community to foster tfietr rotif yfasicalj, socially, and
acaemfcaffy. We willprovitfe trie oyortulty for ife-(ong (eartingfor afour citizens so that affnma compyere aIffourish itn a modern, gTojaTeconomy. Wiie students are ourynrmary
concern, anrtwe recognize they are the reason or our existence, we are also sensitive to the needs of others suc asyarents, the community andalemCpoyees ofifernando County Sclools.
An Equal Opportunity Employe,


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George A. Smathers Libraries
Office of the Dean of University Libraries


535 Library West
PO Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000
352-273-2505
352-392-7251 Fax
www.u flib.ufl.edu


March 9, 2011


Mr. Peter Tuite
Reference Librarian
Hernando County Public Library System
238 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, FL 34601.

Dear Peter,

Please accept this letter of support and commitment to partner with. your library in digitizing the
Hernando County historical newspapers from microfilm.

The University of Florida Libraries' major goal is to digitize and make broadly accessible the
newspapers of Florida. To that extent, we are deeply committed to realizing this effort for the
citizens of Hernando County and of Florida.

Your proposal has our strongest endorsement.

Sincerely,


ith C. Russell
ean of the Libraries
















The Foundation for The Gator Nation
An fiqual Opportuinity Institution











March 9, 2011


Mr. Peter Tuite
Reference Librarian
Hernando County Public Library
238 Howell Ave.
Brooksville, Florida 34601

Dear Mr. Tuite:

We are residents of the Glen Lakes Community in Weeki Wachee. We live
six miles from our nearest public library. Many of us are retired and do not
wish to drive our vehicles if another option is available to us to get the
services we desire.

Converting the library's reels of microfilmed newspapers to digital format
would make it easier for our residents to have easy access to this
information. Many of our residents are parents or grandparents of students,
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