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January 26, 1995

House Speaker Newt Gingrich To Pledge Congressional Support of National Digital Library and To Make Challenge to Public Sector

WHO: Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

WHEN: Friday, January 27, 1:45p.m.

WHERE: Library of Congress Madison Building Orientation Theater (Room LM-139), First and Independence Ave. S.E.

Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will make a pledge of congressional support for the National Digital Library effort, spearheaded by the Library of Congress, and will challenge the public sector to support the effort to digitize a major portion of key collections of the Library and of other major research institutions by the year 2000.

BACKGROUND: The Library of Congress began offering its collections in digitized form on disk in 1990, with its American Memory project. Six of these collections are now offered on the Internet. On Oct. 13, 1994, the Library opened its Digital Library Visitors' Center and announced gifts and grants to the Library of $13 million to digitize its collections and determine instructional uses for these materials.

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PR 95-011
1/26/95
ISSN 0731-3527

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