Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress 2008

Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress 2008

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Launched by the VHP in October 2007, a companion website guides viewers through each episode of the documentary and showcases interviews, photographs, memoirs, diaries and letters dating from Pearl Harbor to V-E and V-J Day—all culled from the Veterans History Project archives housed within the American Folklife Center. gov or call (888) 371-5848. gov/vets/ StoryCorps. Launched in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay and his awardwinning documentary company, Sound Portraits Productions, StoryCorps is one of the nation’s largest oral narrative projects.

The response to the pilot was staggering. By the end of the first day, according to Flickr’s blog, users added more than 4,000 unique tags across the collection. About 19,000 tags were added in total. For example, “Rosie the Riveter” has been added to 10 different photos. By the end of the first week, the Library’s photos on Flickr generated three million page views. ” Dozens of e-mails were received from grateful users. Leading bloggers praised the Library for its innovative partnership and speculated at its potential.

To make programs accessible to staff members and to the public, the Library provides ASL interpreting services upon request. Working collaboratively with nations around world, the Library is working to- ward a spring 2009 launch of the World Digital Library to provide global access to key documents in its collections and those of its partner institutions. By cataloging its holdings in English and in many other languages, the Library provides bibliographic access to its vast and growing collections.

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