Columbus Dispatch Library

IMG_3729

Library Director, Julie Fulton, stands with a display on Central Ohio Neighborhoods

 

The Columbus Dispatch library employs four librarians to provide research and archival services for the newspaper.  The library is unique because many newspapers the size of The Dispatch do not have a large library – as Web resources have become available, news libraries have dwindled.

Dispatch librarians maintain the paper’s physical collection of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, along with a quiet space for reporters to read.  They are responsible for archiving the paper daily, maintaining electronic research tools like Nexis, Accruent and Smartlinks, and resources in the collection that are unique to the library:

  • Clip files (thousands of news clippings)
  • Photo files which range from the late 1940’s-1998
  • Microfilm of the paper dating back to 1971
  • Electronic archive of the paper dating back to 1985

The library staff view themselves as a customer service organization.  They provide data analytics and due diligence.  One librarian works in the same space as the reporters to offer embedded research services.

Julie Fulton, director, shared that her job requires a great deal accuracy and integrity, balanced with a sense of urgency around helping reporters build a better story.

 

IMG_3730

The Columbus Dispatch

 

WP_20140422_12_27_56_Pro

A notebook with cold newspaper clips

 

Image Files

Image files in the Dispatch Library

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s