We are grateful for the DPI newspaper content on Badgerlink, Especially The Beloit Daily News

(Note from Vicki – this is a copy of the emails that I recently received, and sent, about the (BDN) Beloit Daily News microfilm archives.

You may express your gratitude also to DPI Martha Berniger that we will still be able to get access to older Beloit Daily News newspapers,

even though we will no longer receive BDN microfilms as of October 2015.

There is also a procedure at the end on how to access, on-line, current and older articles and issues (from 1996 on) of the BDN with your computer.

We have the pre-October 2015  BDN microfilms, and they will all still be available to use in the Beloit Public Library building.

In addition, soon I will be purchasing any other non- BDN historic newspapers in microfilm to use at the Library.

Some of those newspaper dailies or weeklies were only published for a few months, so we will have a great overall resource for you to use.

It may be worth searching again for Beloit WI ancestors, even if you have looked before, and not found something.)

 

Hi Vicki

Please let the folks at DPI know that you appreciate the newspaper content on Badgerlink.

They are the ones that keep the newspapers available as a resource.

Martha Berninger is the contact at DPI: Berninger, Martha F. DPI-RLL Martha.Berninger@dpi.wi.gov

Thanks for sharing your support for the newspaper content….and let me know if you have any additional questions.

Beth

Beth Bennett
Executive Director
34 Schroeder Court
Suite 220
Madison, WI 53711
Wisconsin Newspaper Association
Direct Line: (608) 283-7621
Fax: (608)-283-7631
Cellular: (608) 609-2299
beth.bennett@wnanews.com

 

Dear Martha,

Thanks to the folks at the Wisconsin DPI.

The staff at the Beloit Public Library,
Residents of Rock County,
And persons (worldwide) interested in Beloit Wisconsin history, current happenings, and genealogy appreciate
the newspaper content on Badgerlink for Beloit Daily News and other Wisconsin newspapers.

I find this resource irreplaceable as the co-founder and monthly program coordinator
of the Stateline Genealogy Club at Beloit Public Library, and as part of the Reference Desk staff.

We are grateful that you keep the newspapers available as a resource.
Below is an email that I sent out, which points out the important role this resource has especially now,
And in the future.

(email I sent to BPL staff and Beloit College in Oct. 2015):

After decades of BPL and Beloit College being the archival repository,
the Beloit Daily News will no longer be paying Proquest ($1,500 annual)
to send Beloit Daily News microfilm for
Beloit Public Library or Beloit College Library,
as of Oct. 6, 2015 (?)

There was a cost increase.
There was always a 6 month delay, and no indexes after 1915 (except year 1968).

I have been investigating BDN options since then, before, during, and after vacation.
On-going, BPL will have the following 2 complimenting databases, instead of microfilm:

1) We had just started a 3 month trial with a (2016) $950 annual subscription to
Newsbank.Inc for digital copies of the Beloit Daily News
from 1996 up to the current date, with daily updates.
These are the earliest digital newspaper records available for BDN.
There are only selected articles (including Obits),
not the whole archival newspaper pages
– no photographs, want ads, businesses, or minor articles.

But you can do a key word and/or date search option.
Additionally there is a digital collection of 29 America’s News magazines from (some) 1991 on.

You can get to the NewsBank-Beloit Daily News 1996 to Present
database on our BPL homepage >
“Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History” >
NewsBank-Beloit Daily News 1996 to Present

[Note the Newsbank.Inc database is only available on-line with you using your Beloit Public Library card, on within the Library building.]

2) I just got the email below notifying us of the additional
“WNA” Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s BDN database,
available free for WI residents through Badgerlink.
It will be the equivalent of whole page microfilmed BDN,
but in a keyword/date searchable, digital form.

Without this, we would not have the photographs,
or complete archival BDN newspapers.
Most other Wisconsin newspapers are available there also.
Select “Beloit Daily News”, and also limit by date or keyword.

There is a 6 month delay, and the BDN’s is only available
on this database back to Feb. 2005.
The early digital issues are very faint.
The more recent ones are good.

You can get to the “WNA” Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s
BDN database on our BPL homepage >
“Discover, Investigate, Grow” > “Genealogy and Local History” >
“Badgerlink for Genealogists” >
“Find” > “Newspapers” >
(the big red WNA button at the end of the list)
Wisconsin Newspaper Association Digital Research Site“.

Both databases together will be better than microfilm.

Vicki Hahn

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One thought on “We are grateful for the DPI newspaper content on Badgerlink, Especially The Beloit Daily News”

  1. Hi Vicki

    Thanks for the great note.

    One clarification from the email that you sent to the BPL staff regarding the WNA archive:

    “There is a 6 month delay, and the BDN’s is only available
    on this database back to Feb. 2005.
    The early digital issues are very faint.
    The more recent ones are good”

    The embargo on the WNA archive via Badgerlink is only 90 days….there is only a 90 day delay on access to content to the BDN.

    Beth Bennett Wisconsin Newspaper Association

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