Monday, March 30, 2009

The LOC is Cool, Dude!

The Library of Congress recently anncounced that it will begin sharing content from its vast video and audio collections on YouTube and iTunes in an effort to continue reaching out to a broader audience. The new Library of Congress channels will appear on these web site services within the next few weeks.

This is pretty cool considering the wealth of historical materials the Library of Congress exclusively holds.

The LOC describes the type of content they will publish as 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."

YouTube and iTunes? Hhmm...Is the LOC watching Genealogy Gems?! :-)

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