Sunday, September 4, 2011

Library of Congress Documentary

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

A C-SPAN documentary on the (USA) Library of Congress- the largest library in the world with nearly 150 million items has been posted: the 1 hour and 31 minute documentary which may be watched at:
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/TheLibra

It is a behind-the-scenes look at the national repository, providing the history of the institution, a tour of its iconic Jefferson Building, and glimpses of some of the library's rare book, photo, and map collections. The film also featured some of the presidential papers housed at the Library of
Congress, ranging from George Washington through Calvin Coolidge. Viewers learn how the library uses technology to preserve its holdings and expand public access to them, as well as how technology is helping to uncover new information about some of the items in its collections.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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