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Library of Congress goes Social Networking
Posted: 31 Mar 2009 04:41 AM PDT
From an Library of Congress press release:
The Library of Congress will begin sharing content from its vast
video and audio collections on the YouTube and Apple iTunes web
services as part of a continuing initiative to make its incomparable
treasures more widely accessible to a broad audience. The new
Library of Congress channels on each of the popular services will
launch within the next few weeks.
New channels on the video and podcasting services will be devoted to
Library content, including 100-year-old films from the Thomas Edison
studio, book talks with contemporary authors, early industrial films
from Westinghouse factories, first-person audio accounts of life in
slavery, and inside looks into the Library's fascinating holdings,
including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence and the
contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night of his assassination.
"The Library of Congress launched the first U.S. agency-wide blog
two years ago and continued its pioneering social-media role with
initiatives such as the immensely successful Flickr pilot project,"
said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We have long seen
the value of such interaction with the public to help achieve our
missions, and these agreements remove many of the impediments to
making our unparalleled content more useful to many more people."
The General Services Administration today also announced agreements
with Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo and blip.tv that will allow other
federal agencies to participate in new media while meeting legal
requirements and the unique needs of government. GSA plans to
negotiate agreements with other providers, and the Library will
explore these new media services when they are appropriate to its
mission and as resources permit.
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