[Libs-Or] Archive-It's Community Webs Program is seeking applicants

WANN Jey A * SLO Jey.A.WANN at slo.oregon.gov
Wed Dec 16 11:29:15 PST 2020

Passing along on behalf of Archive-It
-Jey Wann
Oregon Documents Coordinator
State Library of Oregon

The Internet Archive<https://archive.org/>, with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation<https://mellon.org/>,  invites public libraries in the United States and cultural heritage organizations in U.S. territories to apply to join its Community History Web Archiving program<https://blog.archive.org/2020/12/15/seeking-public-library-participants-for-community-history-web-archiving-program/>.

Apply<https://bit.ly/community-webs> by January 31st, 2021 to join a diverse network of 150+ public libraries and librarians who are...

...Documenting local history by saving web-published sites, stories and community engagement on the web.
...Growing their professional skills and increasing institutional technical capacity by engaging in a supportive network of peer organizations pursuing this work.
...Building a public understanding of web archiving as a practice and its importance to preserving 21st century community history and underrepresented voices.

Current Community Webs cohort members have created nearly 300 publicly available local history web archive collections, including:

  *   28 Community Webs members have created collections related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s “Novel Coronavirus COVID-19<https://archive-it.org/collections/13918>” collection which focuses on “the African diasporan experiences of COVID-19 including racial disparities in health outcomes and access, the impact on Black-owned businesses, and cultural production.”

  *   Kansas City Public Library has created an “Arts & Culture<https://archive-it.org/collections/9945>” collection documenting “Kansas City's thriving Arts community.”

  *   Sonoma County Public Library’s “North Bay Fires, 2017<https://archive-it.org/collections/9742>” collection documenting when “devastating firestorms swept through Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties” and part of their “Sonoma Responds: Community Memory Archive<https://sonomalibrary.org/sonoma-responds-community-archive>.”

Benefits of participation in Community Webs include:

  *   A three-year subscription to the Archive-It web archiving service.

  *   Funding to support local outreach, public programming, and community collaborations as well as travel to a full-day Community Webs National Symposium (projected for 2021 and in 2022) and other professional development opportunities.

  *   Specific training and educational resources provided by professional staff.

  *   Membership in an active and diverse community of public librarians across the country.

  *   Options to increase access (and discoverability) to collections via hubs, such as DPLA.

Apply<https://bit.ly/community-webs> any time before 11:59PM Eastern on January 31st, 2021

Please feel free to contact commwebsinfo at archive.org<mailto:commwebsinfo at archive.org> with any questions you might have as you are considering participating in the program.

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