Nevada Digital Newspaper Project

The project

Quick facts

  • Extension of the National Digital Newspaper Program
  • Awarded institution | UNLV University Libraries
  • UNLV University Libraries role
    • Select, digitize and deliver historic newspapers from the state of Nevada
    • Contribute to the nationwide newspaper repository Chronicling America.
  • Partnership between
    • Library of Congress
    • National Endowment for the Humanities
    • UNLV University Libraries
    • Nevada State Library and Archives
    • University of Nevada - Reno

My accomplishments

  • Successfully managed Nevada's largest newspaper digitization project yielding 100,000 historic pages per project cycle of 24 months (2016-2018) 
  • Successfully trained full-time and part-time project staff
  • Successfully collaborated with partners and vendors on a national level
  • Successfully coordinated vendors, stakeholders and advisory board on a state level
  • Developed efficient workflow to streamline the process of digitization of historic newspapers
  • Developed and managed procedures and instructions for the project team
  • Developed the information architecture and the web design of the project website

My role as a Project Manager

My typical responsibilities included:
  • Organizing and hosting meetings with partners and team members; creating agendas
  • Creating metadata templates that adhere to the NDNP 2017 Technical Guidelines for Applicants (a customized combination of mandatory and optional fields that is unique for the Nevada historic newspapers)
  • Managing the daily production operations
  • Resolving multiple ongoing production issues
  • Collaboration with project partners (duplication vendor, digitization vendor, advisory board, co-investigators)
  • Reporting to co-investigators weekly the project progress and ongoing issues
  • Creating weekly updates for project partners and project team and maintaining the Google NDNP group
  • Redesigning the Nevada Digital Newspaper Project website
  • Managing and updating the content of 25+ pages project website
  • Creating custom graphics for the project website

Sample documents and reports

Report for stakeholders | Purpose: to facilitate the decision-making process of ordering additional microfilm reels for digitization
6 months digitization timeline | Purpose: streamlines digitization process, sets measurable goals, keeps team on track, provides valuabe info for management
Production schedule | Breaks up the project milestones into measurable daily goals to ensure on-time and on-budget performance