The Library of Congress has had a pretty turbulent recent history–it could have been a publicly-owned and completely open “Google”, if it weren’t for the arrogant Luddite that was in charge of it all. The Library of Congress has an invaluable mission to preserve history’s knowledge into perpetuity, and it’s in danger of falling into obsolescence. Let’s hope that the new Librarian can drag the institution kicking and screaming back into relevance.
In 1990, the Library of Congress launched “American Memory,” its first digital pilot project.
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