Community Webs

Empowering Cultural Heritage Organizations to Create Community History Web Archives

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 and other cultural heritage professionals 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 began in 2017 as 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. In 2020, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Community Webs expanded to include more public libraries from across the United States. In 2021, the Internet Archive expanded the program again to welcome Community Webs applicants from public libraries and other cultural heritage organizations from Canada and across the globe. The program now includes over 150 member organizations from around the world and has grown more than ten-fold since its first cohort in 2017.

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Hartford History Center Selected As Part of Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program April 29, 2021

Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center is excited to share that it has been named to the Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program.

Introducing 50+ New Public Library Members of the Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program April 26, 2021

Following our announcement of the Community Web’s expansion, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are excited to welcome the first class of 50+ new public libraries to the program.

Archiving the Black Diaspora: Makiba J. Foster talks Community Webs with the Internet Archive April 12, 2021

The Internet Archive presents a discussion with Community Webs partner Makiba J. Foster, manager of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) for Broward County Libraries.

Doc Chat Episode Sixteen: Teaching the #Syllabus March 9, 2021

Hear from Dr. Yarimar Bonilla of Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center and Zakiya Collier, Community Webs partner from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about the Hashtag Syllabus movement.

Web Archiving at BPL: Saving web content one URL at a time February 23, 2021

Community Webs members from Brooklyn Public Library’s Center for Brooklyn History capture online news, blogs, and other web content vital to documenting life in Brooklyn.

Community Webs receives funding to scale up the program December 8, 2020

The Community Webs program received $1.13 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the program to 150+ public libraries across the United States.