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ENRIGHT CALLS FOR DOWN DISTRICTS HISTORICAL RECORD TO BE PRESERVED

Cllr Cadogan Enright has highlighted the continuing failure of the Library Service to come up with a solution to making local papers available locally to the public for research and local historical work.

Cllr Enright at Downpatrick Library

Cllr Enright at Downpatrick Library

Cllr Enright pointed out that “up until 2009 the British Museum made a micro-film of every local paper and it was available for researchers in local libraries. However this service has been discontinued and the only place one can access back editions of all the local papers in in the manual store up at the Belfast Central Library. “

“Many groups need access to local papers, and as an elected representative I have need of the archive of local papers in conducting research on behalf of myself, the council and constituents.

For instance, I am currently conducting a survey of all Public Sector Jobs ‘decentralised’ out of our area back to the greater Belfast area over the last 5 years.” Said Cllr Cadogan Enright

 

“I have so far not received a satisfactory reply to my requests that the long-awaited solution to this problem be put in place by the Library Service. I have written to express my concern that the records of the ‘Down Recorder’ are not available after mid-2010, that the ‘Mourne Observer’ is not available since 2009 and that the ‘Down Democrat’ is not available at all.”

 

“It is simply not practical to conduct this sort of research on the premises of the local papers themselves, and the only available in Belfast central library which is really impractical for busy local people. Microfilm or microfiche allows for many papers to be reviewed quickly without damage to the original papers in storage” Continued Cllr Enright.

“The County Town Library should have access to these sorts of archives for local researchers and historians. I have written on several occasions asking for what plans going forward exist for the local papers to be preserved and accessed, but have so far failed to receive a satisfactory reply.”

“I will continue to pursue this matter until the gap in the local historical record is filled with a resumption of microfilming or its replacement my a more modern technology like whole-page scanning that could make old editions available over the internet with the permission of the papers themselves.” Concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.

 

NOTE TO THE EDITOR

Photo shows Cllr Cadogan Enright at the Heritage Gallery in Downpatrick Library

The Mourne observer goes only up to 2009 and 2010 for the Down recorder and there are as yet no records for The Down Democrat

 

THE PERSON TO CONTACT ABOUT ISSUE IS

 

Patricia Walker
Specialist Manager Heritage & Digitisation
Libraries NI
Belfast Central Library
Royal Avenue, Belfast,  BT1 1EA

t: 028 9050 9123 |m: 07850205426 |e: Patricia.Walker@librariesni.org.uk |w: www.librariesni.org.uk

 

 

Patricia Walker

11:27 AM (7 minutes ago)

to cadogan@enright.ie

Hello Mr Enright

In response to the email I have received from you this morning please see below. This situation has not changed-there is still no microfilm service from the British Library.

Thanks, patricia.

Patricia Walker
Specialist Manager Heritage & Digitisation
Libraries NI
Belfast Central Library
Royal Avenue, Belfast,  BT1 1EA

t: 028 9050 9123 |m: 07850205426 |e: Patricia.Walker@librariesni.org.uk |w: www.librariesni.org.uk

From: Patricia Walker
Sent: 23 November 2012 10:08
To: cadogan@enright.ie
Subject: newspapers

Hello Mr Enright

Further to you enquiry about newspapers I am offering the following information

The British Library microfilm service ceased to exist a couple of years ago and there was no replacement supplier. However in association with the Newsplan project www.newsplan.liem.org.uk  the British library is exploring the possibilities around digitising local newspapers from the UK and Ireland. We-Libraries NI- are endeavouring as an organisation to ensure that at least a bound copy of every Northern Ireland newspaper is available for library customers to access. This may be in the newspaper library in Belfast Central library-mostly because of the space constraints in the other Heritage Collections locations. Also as you would be aware-the priorities for us and for organisations like the British Library are dependent on budgets.

I hope this information is of use to you.

Thanks, Patricia.

Patricia Walker
Specialist Manager Heritage & Digitisation

 

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