The International Coalition on Newspapers
project develops strategies to preserve and improve access to newspapers
from around the globe, working on issues including bibliographic
access, copyright, and information dissemination. ICON was officially
established in 1999 by 13 charter members
and is based at the Center for Research Libraries.
ICON’s newspaper preservation program addresses challenges
related to the storage and preservation of international newspaper
collections, such as inadequate storage conditions and lack of funds
for microfilming. ICON selects titles for preservation microfilming
with issues coming from the collections of participating institutions.
ICON provides a freely accessible database
of bibliographic information for more than 25,000 newspaper titles
from participating institutions. ICON also actively coordinates
and supports cataloging of international newspapers in participating
U.S. libraries to increase the availability of bibliographic and
ICON provides a clearinghouse of
information about international newspapers and preservation efforts.
ICON collects and disseminates newspaper preservation policies from
around the world and compiles preservation standards for microfilming,
digitization, and retention of materials in their original formats.
In addition, ICON seeks to augment the online presence of scholarly
and professional information about international newspapers by digitizing
bibliographic aids and reference works.
ICON is supported in part through grants from the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Its advisory board is comprised of representatives
from the Library of Congress, British Library, Library and Archives
Canada, University of Illinois, and University of Washington; many
other institutions participate in ICON's preservation, database,
cataloging, and survey projects.