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July 30, 2009 -- Law librarians, who aim to protect "continuous and permanent access to legal information (external link)" (PDF), heard about Library of Congress-supported work to preserve the digital records of state legislatures.

American Association of Law Librarians meeting logoThe occasion was the 2009 annual meeting of the American Association of Law Librarians, in Washington, DC.

Bill LeFurgy of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program took part on a panel entitled "Preserving Our Legislative Heritage: New Approaches for States." Robert Horton, from the Minnesota Historical Society and leader of A Model Technological and Social Architecture for the Preservation of State Government Digital Information Project, and Sean McGrath, from Propylon (external link), also participated. The session was moderated by Janice Snyder Anderson of the Georgetown University Law Library (external link)

The discussion focused on a number of actions underway to ensure that digital legislative records serve the immediate as well as future needs of legislators and the public.