News

We're always up to something new. Keep up to date with what the Community Webs program staff and cohort members are up to via blog posts, news articles, regular cohort updates, conference presentations, and more.

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.

Collecting Coronavirus Stories November 2, 2020

Public Libraries are at the forefront of collecting COVID-related stories, and Community Webs members are doing vital work documenting local responses from the web.

Community Webs Receives Additional Funding to Further Public Library Local History Web Collecting March 10, 2020

The Institute of Museum and Library services awards funding to Community Webs to expand activities and conduct program evaluation and strategic planning.

What belongs in a web archive? Collection development policies and goals. February 20, 2020

Community Web members participate in an educational session on collection development.

Community Webs IMLS Grant Final Report September 27, 2019

Read the grant final report from the first phase of the Community Webs program.

What belongs in a community web archive? June 5th, 2019

New collecting guidelines and examples from Community Webs partners.

Community Collaboration at DPLAFest 2019 April 22nd, 2019

At DPLAFest 2019 on April 17 in Chicago, speakers addressed ways to preserve and highlight collections while amplifying marginalized histories and connecting with communities.

Community Webs at ALA Midwinter, Seattle January 27th, 2019

This session featured participants in, and organizers of, Community Webs - a project aimed at making web archiving more approachable to public libraries

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.

Community Webs at IIIPC November 12-15, 2018

Maria Praetzellis from the Internet Archive and Makiba Foster from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture share their experience with the 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

Forbes Library to create local web archive May 15, 2018

Forbes Library is excited to share the news that we have been chosen as one of only a few public libraries nationwide to receive the Community Webs grant...

TDL Community Webs: Creating Community History Web Archives May 5, 2018

Community webs at the Texas Digital Libraries Conference

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

Athens library receives $25K grant for web archival December 7th, 2017

The Athens Regional Library System was awarded a prestigious grant to participate in the Community Webs Project, a nationwide...

Grand Rapids Public Library will preserve web history with $25K grant November 17th, 2017

Through the Community Webs project, the Grand Rapids Public Library is one of 28 libraries to receive a $25,000 grant to fund a web archiving project over the course of five years.

City library collecting, preserving websites as historical documents November 30th, 2017

The phrase “historical artifact,” might not conjure up the image of an online chat room from the 1990’s, a Geocities website or your Myspace page...

Briefs: Holiday meal; trash pickup schedule; grants for library and park November 21st, 2017

The Patagonia Public Library was recently awarded a $6,500 grant to preserve web-based information produced in the local area...

Association for Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM)- Conference Presentation October 9-12, 2017

Conference Presentation by Sylvie Rollason-Cass, Internet Archive, and Natalie Milbrodt, Queens Public Library.