Community Webs

Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives

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Community Webs is an Institute of Museum and Library Services and Internet Archive funded program of continuing education, training, and services to enable public libraries to build collections of historically-valuable, web published materials documenting their local communities.

Archiving primary sources from the web is an increasingly important activity of the stewards of community memory. Public libraries often fill this role, but have historically made up only a small fraction of the growing web archiving community. The Community Webs program seeks to bridge that gap and make web archiving more approachable to public libraries.

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Communing in Columbus: The final Community Webs summit January 23rd, 2019

Cohort members from the 27 participating public libraries gathered at the Columbus Metropolitan Library for their yearly summit, and to mark the second (and final) year of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded Community Webs program.

Web Archives: A Step into Libraries of the Future October 20th, 2018

Following the October 2017 wildfires, journalists and others came to Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library to learn about the historic development of Fountain Grove, Coffey Park and other areas affected by fire.

“Make It Weird”: Building a collaborative public library web archive in an arts & counterculture community October 18th, 2018

A guest post by Dylan Gaffney, Forbes Library. Whether documenting the indie music scene of the 1990s, researching the history of local abolitionists and formerly enslaved peoples in the 1840s, or helping patrons research the early LGBT movement in the area, I am frequently reminded of what was not saved or is not physically present in our collections....

Community Webs: Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives - SAA 2018 Panel August 16th, 2018

SAA 2018 panel on Community Webs featuring participants from public libraries in San Francisco CA, Brooklyn Ny, Cleveland OH, Washington D.C, Queens NY, and Urbana IL

Archiving the Web @EBRPL: Creating and following a web collecting policy in a public library June 19th, 2018

During the summer of 2016, Baton Rouge witnessed the shooting of Alton Sterling, the mass shooting of Baton Rouge law ...

Community Webs Updates, May 2018 May 2018

Updates and information for the Community Webs cohort