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Libraries to offer digitised ST archives - Aug 01, 2007 (BT)

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Libraries to offer digitised ST archives

The agreement represents an opportunity for SPH to reach out to a younger generation that is more familiar with digital media.

By Charmian Kok
Aug 01, 2007
The Business Times

SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) and the National Library Board (NLB) yesterday signed an agreement to digitise The Straits Times archives dating back to 1845.

The digitised archival content will be made available to the public at NLB libraries for individual research and reference purposes from the second half of 2008.

The agreement represents an opportunity for SPH to reach out to a younger generation that is more familiar with digital media. 'This partnership with NLB is an extension of SPH's on-going efforts to create broader access and increase usage of our newspapers beyond their current print version,' said chief executive officer of SPH, Alan Chan, at yesterday's signing ceremony.

Mr Chan added that although the digital revolution may have opened up vast sources of information, many will turn to 'credible and quality sources like The Straits Times for news and views they can trust and rely on'.

Furthermore, the digitisation of The Straits Times will help preserve Singapore's national heritage and allow both Singaporeans and foreigners to increase their knowledge of Singapore's rich history and culture.

'With such accessibility to news archives dating as far back as 1845, we hope that Singaporeans, especially those keen on tracing the roots of Singapore, will find this a godsend in travelling back to Singapore's past while comfortably seated in the National Library, or any one of our regional or community libraries island-wide,' said NLB chief executive N Varaprasad.

The accord comes as part of NLB's Library 2010 plan to help build Singapore's collection of knowledge and literary assets.