(14 Dec 2021) From the Library of Congress:
Digital collections, and the work related to their acquisition, preservation and access, have become increasingly central to Library of Congress processes and our mission to serve Congress and the nation.
For the last five years, in accordance with the Library of Congress Digital Collecting Plan we have been working to make digital collecting a more routine and ongoing area of activity across the agency.
Building on those successes, we are now entering a new phase of maturity for the Library’s digital collections and that work is going to be guided over the next five years by the agency’s new Digital Collections Strategy.
The strategy reflects the input and expertise of staff from across the Library of Congress, including the Library Collections and Services Group, the U.S. Copyright Office, and the Library’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. Unlike the previous plan, which focused solely on acquiring digital content, the new strategy covers the full lifecycle of born-digital materials, from acquisition to preservation and user access.
The Strategy is intended to produce the following major results over its five-year life.
- Move toward a digital-forward and e-preferred acquisitions model.
- Support broad, diverse and inclusive collecting.
- Improve service and access for users.
- Modernize IT infrastructure to improve workflows and processes.
- Support digital collections workforce development.
Read the full blog post from Library of Congress.
View the full version of the Digital Collections Strategy.