Library Of Congress Gets Digital Money

The Library of Congress will get $100 million collect and preserve digital information, including images, CD’s, Web pages and electronic journals. The Library has been “lagging in the task of archiving electronica: scholarly journals, books and magazines that are ‘born digital’; CD-ROM’s; digital photographs, music and films; and millions of miscellaneous pieces of Internet-based material. Digital technology “has spawned a surfeit of information that is extremely fragile, inherently impermanent, and difficult to assess for long-term value.”