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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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

Saving Local News on the Web April 30th, 2018

A guest post by Diana Bowers-Smith, Archivist, Brooklyn Collection, at the Brooklyn Public Library. For this year’s Endangered Data Week, the Brooklyn Public Library hosted a panel ...

Community Webs Updates, March 2018 March 2018

Updates and information for the Community Webs cohort

Endangered Data Week - Saving Local News on the Web March 1st 2018

Conference presentation by Diana Bowers-Smith, Brooklyn Public Library, Cate Corcoran, Brownstoner, John Del Signore, Formerly of Gothamist

Community Webs Updates, February 2018 February 2018

Updates and information for the Community Webs cohort