Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217, glam@loc.gov
Website: www.digitalpreservation.gov

February 7, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

U.S. Congress Approves Library of Congress Plan for Preservation of Digital Materials

Librarian Announces National Initiative

WHAT: Presentation on the "Plan for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)." The Library of Congress is leading this groundbreaking initiative to develop a national infrastructure for the collection and preservation of digital materials. Congress has approved $99.8 million to fund the program to seek national solutions to ensuring the collection, long-term storage, preservation and rights protection of our digital heritage.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Library of Congress James Madison Building
First Street and Independence Avenue S.E.
Mary Pickford Theater, third floor.

WHO: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives Laura E. Campbell

Congress has directed the Library of Congress to lead NDIIPP (www.digitalpreservation.gov) and the library is working with a broad representation of stakeholders from the federal government as well as the public and private sectors to capture and preserve digital information before it is forever lost.

The Library, through its National Digital Library (NDL) Program, is one of the leading providers of noncommercial intellectual content on the Internet (www.loc.gov). Receiving more than 2 billion hits in 2002, the award-winning Web site provides rich educational materials for all ages.

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PR 03-018
02/07/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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