Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Secret Fenton, GlobalCenter Inc. (408) 543-9060
August 24, 2000
GlobalCenter To Host 'America's Library' Web Site
More than 15 Million 'Hits' Handled by Site for Kids and Families Since April 24 Debut
Starting today, GlobalCenter Inc., a Global Crossing Ltd. subsidiary and leading Internet services company, will provide free hosting services for the Library of Congress's newest Web site, "America's Library," available at www.americaslibrary.gov.
America's Library debuted on April 24, the 200th birthday of the Library of Congress. The site, intended for children and families, has handled more than 15 million transactions since going online.
"The Library thanks GlobalCenter for its generous gift in hosting this new and important Web site," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "America's Library is our first site designed for a specific audience, children, who we hope will use the site with their friends and families to learn about American history in a fun and interesting way."
"GlobalCenter is delighted and honored to play such an integral role in sharing America's Library with children and adults of the U.S. and the world," said Leo Hindery, Jr., Chairman and CEO of GlobalCenter. "While GlobalCenter is best known as a leading Internet services company to enterprises and e-businesses, we certainly appreciate this opportunity to provide the America's Library site with the same best-of-breed technology we use to support our customers."
GlobalCenter's gift to the Library was announced during a news conference on April 24. In addition to providing complex Web hosting services, GlobalCenter has donated the hardware necessary for the site's maintenance. Global Crossing, GlobalCenter's parent company, is building and offering services over the world's most extensive global fiber optic network, which will have more than 101,000 route miles, serving five continents, 27 countries and more than 200 major cities.
The America's Library Web site is supported by a public service campaign sponsored by the Advertising Council, with creative services donated by DDB Chicago. Television, radio and Web ads, whose theme is, "There is a better way to have fun with history. ... Log On. Play Around. Learn Something," have been distributed to more than 9,000 media outlets nationwide.
The Advertising Council is a private, nonprofit organization that has been the leading producer of public service communications programs in the United States since 1942. The Council supports campaigns that benefit children, families and communities. The communications programs are national in scope and have generated strong, measurable results. Ad Council campaigns, such as "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk," "Take A Bite Out of Crime," and "A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste," have helped to save lives and resources, to educate the public about issues and concerns of the day, and to make America a healthier country in which to live.
"America's Library" is a project of the Library of Congress's Public Affairs Office and the National Digital Library Program. By the end of 2000, the flagship American Memory Web site (www.loc.gov) will offer more than 5 million historically important items, in collaboration with other institutions. More than 80 American Memory collections are now available in topics ranging from presidential papers and photographs from the Civil War, to early films of Thomas Edison and panoramic maps, to documents from the women's suffrage and civil rights movements.
"America's Library" was designed by 415 Productions Inc. of San Francisco. 415 Inc. is a full-service Web development firm providing custom online solutions that combine integrated strategy, cutting-edge technology, creative design and innovative user experiences.
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