The news release below is by Barbara Hood for the Smathers Libraries. This is the official announcement, and the text of the news release is also below.
NewspaperCat selected for top 20 best reference web sites
The George A. Smathers Libraries Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) web site (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/hnccoll) has been selected as one of the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference (MARS) best free reference web sites of 2012. MARS is a section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. The list is voted on by member librarians from around the United States. The complete list can be seen at (http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/mars/marspubs/marsbestfreewebsites/marsbestref2012).
NewspaperCat is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean. NewspaperCat was funded by a grant from the George A. Smathers Libraries.
Searching is conducted by newspaper title or by city, county or state. In many cases, this content is keyword searchable, depending on the hosting organization.
NewspaperCat currently links to over 1,500 full-text newspaper titles with a goal to include links to as many U.S. and Caribbean newspapers with archival digital content as possible. The catalog will be expanded as newly digitized newspaper titles are located.
NewspaperCat is hosted and powered through the UF Digital Collections (UFDC). The functionalities and features of the UF Digital Collections are supported using the UF‐developed SobekCM software. SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/software. To learn more about the technologies, please visit the SobekCM page: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/sobekcm.