CALL FOR APPLICATIONS


The Community Webs network invites public libraries in the United States and U.S. territories to apply to join its Community History Web Archiving program. Participants receive free web archiving and technical services, training, and professional development and networking stipends for building community history web archives, especially collections documenting the lives of patrons and groups traditionally under-represented in the historical record.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


Local history archives have long served as vital resources for preserving the stories of communities. With many records now published on the web, the ability to preserve collections of online newspapers, local blogs, civic websites, social media, and other platforms is an increasingly important skill for librarians in fulfilling their role as information custodians and community anchors. Locally-focused web archiving can also diversify the historical record and preserve the voices of those often excluded from the archive.


Community Webs is building a national network to provide free and subsidized services to allow public libraries to build community web archives. Launched in 2017 with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Community Webs is an initiative to enable community-focused local history web archiving by providing archiving and technology services, training, and cohort development to public librarians. Administered by Archive-It and the Web & Data Services group at the Internet Archive, over 40 public libraries in 21 states currently participate in the program. With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Community Webs is expanding to build a national network of over 150 public libraries in all 50 U.S. states and in U.S. territories working and learning collaboratively to build inclusive web archives documenting their communities. Find out more about Community Webs at the program’s website or view recent program announcements.



PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE


  • Each participating library will receive a three-year subscription to the Archive-It web archiving service. This includes the ability to archive up to half a terabyte of web material each year (up to thousands of websites and millions of web pages or data). An Archive-It subscription includes tool-specific training, technical support, a public collections page for their library on https://archive-it.org/, ability to download their archives, perpetual storage and access provided by the Internet Archive, and other features and services.

  • Each librarian will receive funding to support travel to a full-day Community Webs National Symposium in 2021 and in 2022 to meet other participating librarians, build cohort networks, and participate in training and professional development.

  • Each librarian will receive funding to support travel to a local, regional, or national professional conference to present on their work or for training in associated digital curation skills, or to participate in other Community Webs or related events.

  • Each librarian will receive specific training and educational resources provided by Community Webs, as well as access to cohort resources and communication spaces.

  • Each library will be able to opt-in to having its community web archives included in other aggregators or access platforms, beyond Archive-It and Internet Archive, such as DPLA.



ELIGIBILITY


  • The program is open to any public library in the United States.

  • The program is open to any memory institution from a U.S. territory that is stewarding local history collections.

  • Prior technical knowledge on web archiving, digital curation, or special collections is not required or expected. Training and skills development on these topics are provided.

  • This program is open to public libraries of all sizes and U.S. locations. Our goal is to expand the types of institutions collecting web based content, so any libraries interested in exploring archiving the web to document local history are encouraged to apply.

  • This program is open to public libraries of all sizes and U.S. locations. Our goal is to expand the types of institutions collecting web based content, so any libraries interested in exploring archiving the web to document local history are encouraged to apply.



PARTICIPATION OVERVIEW


  • Project activities averaging an hour or two hours a week in staff time.

  • Attend 6-8 project-related online training events over the 2 years of the program.

  • In-person attendance at cohort National Symposium (1 per year; costs covered).

  • Stipend for travel to attend at a local/regional/national professional conference or event.

  • Opportunities to contribute to documentary materials, blogs, publications (articles or white papers) and other published reports.

  • Participate in a cohort community via online forum, Slack group, meetings, calls, etc.

  • For additional information, visit our FAQs or contact us with questions.