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Hello again! And a news resource

October 2, 2015 · Leave a Comment

¡Hola de nuevo! As I recently wrote, I recently decided to continue blogging here. I have set aside time every two weeks to write something new. I am also thinking of starting blogs for my other liaison areas, Italian and Western European Studies, but, well, baby steps for now. While on the surface it may seem easy to keep up a blog, over time the maintenance and focus of the blog can change and become increasingly complicated. However, I enjoy writing these posts, and it helps me to step back a bit and reflect on my work. And I hope it helps inform you as well!

Today I want to focus on a great news resource that we have here at Georgetown, Press Display. This is a great way to get current news and information from many countries. The opening screen lists a lot of current events happening from a wide variety of sources, but on the left you will see a long list of countries that you can link to. Right now I’m looking at today’s front page of the Paraguayan newspaper Última hora, for example. Using the navigation bar at the bottom, I can “read” it just as if it were the newspaper itself. You can zoom in by clicking the page, and you can crop and print particular articles by hovering over the printer icon. It also works well on both phones and tablets. Keep in mind that if you are off-campus, you will be asked to log in with your NetID and password to gain access.

As you go through the titles from each country, you’ll definitely come across a few that are more about pop culture or hobbies (such as Todo perros from Spain) rather than serious news, but I also must say that even looking at these is a great way to practice your Spanish or Portuguese (or, if you’re from that country, a way to keep up with everything going on there!) If you need to know about current events, trends in politics, fashion, pop culture, or just more about the daily life of a particular place, Press Display is a great place to start.

Direct link to Press Display: http://guides.library.georgetown.edu/go.php?c=2693796

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Diário de Pernambuco (University of Florida)

April 30, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Today I received the news that the University of Florida’s Latin American collections have digitized early 19th-century issues of Diário de Pernambuco, which is believed to be the oldest Latin American newspaper still in circulation. I am copying and pasting the entire press release below. Not quite every issue is up yet, but at the moment there are over 10000 issues available…plenty to look through for now! I am trying find a search function, and I will update this post once I know more about that. You can get to the entire collection here. The press release follows:

“Announcing the Diario de Pernambuco, November 1825 – March 1863 Online

April 2013

The Latin American Collections in the Special & Area Studies Collections Department, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida are proud to announce the online launch of the Diario de Pernambuco, starting with the first issue on November 7, 1825 through March 1863.

The Diario de Pernambuco is acknowledged as the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America. The issues from 1825-1923 offer insights into early Brazilian commerce, social affairs, politics, family life, slavery, and such. Published in the port of Recife, Brazil, the Diario contains numerous announcements of maritime movements, crop production, legal affairs, and cultural matters. The 19th century includes reporting on the rise of Brazilian nationalism as the Empire gave way to the earliest expressions of the Brazilian republic. The 1910s and 1920s are years of economic and artistic change, with surging exports of sugar and coffee pushing revenues and allowing for rapid expansions of infrastructure, popular expression, and national politics.

See the Diario de Pernambuco in the UF Smathers Libraries’ South American Digital Collections here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00011611

The Diario de Pernambuco is held by very few libraries, and only on microfilm, making it difficult to conduct research and even to access this important publication. Recognizing this critical need, Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections at UF, proposed and was awarded funding to conduct the first phase of this project. The first phase of the digital project to digitize the Diario de Pernambuco is now complete with the first issue from November 7, 1825 through March 1863 now all openly online for worldwide access. The Latin American Collection has submitted a proposal for funding a second phase of this important project.

Funding for the digitization of Diario de Pernambuco provided by LAMP (formerly known as the Latin American Microform Project), which is coordinated by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Global Resources Network. Ongoing support for the open, full, and free online access and permanent digital preservation provided by the UF Smathers Libraries.

Note: The functionalities and features of the [UF Digital Collections or Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)] are supported using the UF-developed SobekCM software. SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/software. To learn more about the technologies, please visit the SobekCM page: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/sobekcm.]

Contacts:
Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections, ricphil@uflib.ufl.edu, 352-273-2746
Laurie Taylor, UF Digital Collections, Laurien@ufl.edu, 352-273-2902”

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