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March 3, 2008

Digital Preservation Program Launches Newsletter

First Issue To Be Available in March

A monthly online newsletter highlighting the important work that the Library of Congress’s digital preservation program is performing to collect and preserve the nation’s heritage in digital form will launch in March.

The Newsletter of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) will be produced by the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, which is leading NDIIPP, and will offer a digest of recent news related to the program’s activities. The newsletter will contain short descriptions of each news item, with links provided to the full story on the NDIIPP Web site (www.digitalpreservation.gov).

NDIIPP is the Library’s program to build a national network of partners dedicated to the collection and preservation of important digital materials that are at risk of loss if they are not now preserved. The program focuses on born-digital content; that is, materials that are created digitally and exist in no other form, such as electronic journals and Web sites as well as films, television programs, sound recordings, maps and other media that are digitally produced.

To subscribe to the newsletter, go to http://service.govdelivery.com/service/subscribe.html?code=USLOC_13. Here you will type in your e-mail address and press "Enter." Then you will see a list of all available e-mail updates from the Library of Congress; you can subscribe to any of these services. To receive the NDIIPP newsletter, scroll down and click on "Digital Preservation."

The aim of this new publication is to provide easy access to the latest news from NDIIPP and its more than 100 partners, which include government agencies, educational institutions, research laboratories and commercial and nonprofit entities. News items of interest will include key milestones from the many digital preservation projects, partnership news, events and other new material added to the NDIIPP Web site.

"We hope this newsletter will serve as a valuable resource for the interested public as well as information professionals by providing timely highlights of the varied activities of the NDIIPP community," said NDIIPP's Director of Program Management, Martha Anderson.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. In doing so, the institution helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. The Library serves the public, scholars, members of Congress and their staff through its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill. Many of the rich resources and treasures of the Library may also be accessed through its award-winning Web site at www.loc.gov.

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PR 08-043
03/03/08
ISSN 0731-3527

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