by Jon Kuhl
NCSL recently received some exciting news from the United States Library of Congress. Our website has been selected for inclusion in the Library’s historic collection of Internet materials related to public policy topics.
In their correspondence with us, the Library wrote, “We consider your website to be an important part of this collection and the historical record.” The Library explained the purpose of the digital archive, saying “Our web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were ‘born digital’ and never printed on paper.”
The Library’s web archives project was started in 2000 and is managed by a multidisciplinary team of Library staff who evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve the materials. The Library’s web archives are broken down by topic, with such themes as U.S. elections, the Iraq War, and the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
NCSL is a founding member of the Library of Congress’ National Digital Strategic Alliance project. This project works "to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve the nation's digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.”
The archiving process of the NCSL site will take at least one year. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
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