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The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > News Archive > New Library video release: America's Young Archivists

March 1, 2011 -- The Library of Congress released a new video titled "America's Young Archivists: The K-12 Web Archiving Program," which profiles the web-archiving activities of an eight-grade class from the James Moran school in Wallingford, CT.

James H. Moran Middle School students

James H. Moran Middle School students
with their teacher, Paul Bogush

Students who participate in the K-12 Web Archiving Program (external link) use Archive-It to capture websites. They decide what websites to capture and they add a brief description to every site they archive so people in the future can know what the sites are about and why the students selected them.

By enabling students to preserve websites, the program gives them an opportunity to document their culture and learn about the fragility of digital content. Their work also becomes a primary source of information for future researchers.

This video explores the website collection choices the students made and their resulting awareness of how websites require active management to ensure their ongoing accessibility.