The Semonche Files

One of the projects I’ll be working on in 2012 is adding the many pages of information that Barbara Semonche created and compiled about news researchers during her tenure as the director of the Park Library at the UNC-CH School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She worked there almost 20 years.  She started chronicling news libraries long before that as she was a member of SLA for 32 years.  There is a wealth of material here documenting the news librarianship profession. I’m going to refer to these as The Semonche Files. To begin, here are the pages Semonche created about especially successful research efforts.



Changes with the News Division Web site

In late May 2011, Carolyn Edds started converting the SLA News Division Website to a WordPress blog. Unfortunately she fractured her elbow several weeks later which greatly delayed the process.

Since then, SLA has required, with a December 2011 deadline, that all divisions move their Web site to the SLA server using WordPress. Former News Division Web Mistress Alice Pepper is mostly responsible for putting together the site on the SLA server so much thanks to her for all the time she spent doing that. To find current information about the SLA News Division, visit that Web site at

This site will remain and will be devoted to the history of news libraries. New old information will be added. That’s to say, this site will be updated with historical content. This site will continue to be converted to WordPress for better navigation as well as for the blog aspect to update you on what has been added.

Please pardon the dust both here and on the SLA server as we move forward with redesigns in both places.

Send questions or comments to Carolyn Edds at