National Digital Library-Digital Collections Inventory
Council on Library Resources
Commission on Preservation and Access
Digital Collections Inventory Report
Preliminary ResultsBy Patricia A. McClung
National Digital Library Project (The Library of Congress)
This is initially a five year project to make historical collections from the Library of Congress (and other major research libraries) available to a much broader audience, taking full advantage of the Internet capabilities and an increasingly “wired” general public. At its core, the Library’s contribution to the national digital library will consist of hundreds of Americana collections, mostly primary source materials about the founding of the United States, including photographs, sound recordings, printed materials, and motion pictures. At the end of the first five year period (1995-2000), 1 million items from the Library will be available online. The plan is that these materials will be complemented by 4 million items from other major research libraries around the country.
Contact: Laura Campbell, National Digital Library Office, Library of Congress, 202/707-3961.