Collecting, Preserving, and Transforming the News – for Research and the Public

2017 IFLA International News Media Conference

Reykjavík, Iceland, 27-28 April



From printed newspapers to born-digital news, libraries and other cultural heritage institutions have a central role in ensuring future access to news content. This conference will examine issues and challenges in collecting and preserving the news and making it available to users. For example, do access and preservation have different prerequisites? In addition, the conference will explore how news media is used and transformed by researchers and the public. Can we recognize variable user needs? Do we offer the most suitable APIs?

The main theme of the conference

Collecting, Preserving, and Transforming the News for Research and the Public

has the following and related topics, including, but not limited to:

Other proposals relevant to the main conference theme will also be considered.

The conference language will be English.

Important dates:



Draft Conference Program

Thursday, 27 April

Friday, 28 April


Welcome to Reykjavík

All international flights to Iceland land at Keflavik Airport, approximately a 50 minute drive from Reykjavik.

Getting from/to the airport

Taking a taxi from the airport to downtown Reykjavík costs around 120 EUR.

A bus is available for around 20 EUR/person. The bus terminates at the BSÍ Bus Terminal which is about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. For around 25 EUR/person you can take the bus all the way to most hotels. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website,


The conference venue is the National and University Library (

There are numerous hotels within 15 minutes walking of this venue. Below we list several of them, but the list is far from exhaustive.

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel
Hagatorg, Reykjavík

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Aðalstræti 16, Reykjavík

Kvosin Downtown Hotel
Kirkjutorg 4, Reykjavík

Hotel Holt
Bergstaðastræti 37, Reykjavik

City Center Hotel
Austurstræti 6, Reykjavík

Centerhotel Plaza
Aðalstræti, Reykjavík

Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
Pósthússtræti 2, Reykjavík

101 Hotel
Hverfisgata 10, Reykjavík

Centerhotel Thingholt
Þingholtsstræti 3, Reykjavík

Centerhotel Skjaldbreid
Laugavegur 16, 101 Reykjavík

Notably absent are Reykjavík's many smaller guesthouses and Airbnb options for the budget conscious attendee. Those can be found, for example, on

More about Reykjavik can be found at