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LC signs digital library agreement.

The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington; the Commission on Preservation and Access; and officials from 14 other research libraries and archives on May 1 signed the National Digital Library Federation Agreement.

Recognizing "the important leadership role that the Library of Congress has played in raising as a national issue the need for such a national digital library," those institutions taking part agreed to "bring together--from across the nation and beyond--digitized materials that will be made accessible to students, scholars, and citizens everywhere."

At the signing, held at Harvard University, participants agreed to establish a collaborative management structure, to develop a coordinated approach to fund-raising, and to formulate selection guidelines that will "ensure conformance to the general theme of U.S. heritage and culture."

In addition to the Library of Congress, and the Commission on Preservation and Access, those institutions signing the agreement are: Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, Harvard University, National Archives and Records Administration, New York Public Library, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, and Yale University.

For more information, contact LC's Public Affairs Office, 202/707-2905, Fax: 202/707-9199.

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Title Annotation:National Digital Library Federation Agreement
Publication:Information Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 1995
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