Monday, April 13, 2009

YouTube Channel at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is trying to “do YouTube right.” They are now "the stewards of the world’s largest collection of audiovisual materials" (some 6 million films, broadcasts and sound recordings), and have created their own YouTube channel which has now gone public.
They are staring with a limited number of 70 videos, arranged in the following playlists: 2008 National Book Festival author presentations, the Books and Beyond author series, Journeys and Crossings (a series of curator discussions), “Westinghouse” industrial films from 1904, scholar discussions from the John W. Kluge Center, and the earliest movies made by Thomas Edison, including the first moving image ever made. One of the Library’s stated missions is to 'preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations'. The new YouTube channel certainly accomplishes this mission.

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