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In fiscal 2008, more than 6,000 stories were added to the collection, bringing the total to more than 15,000 housed in the American Folklife Center. In addition to weekly broadcasts on National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition,” StoryCorps’ stories are available as downloadable podcasts. National Visionary Leadership Project. In October 2007, the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) donated more than 200 original videotaped interviews of prominent African Americans to the Library of Congress.
Consistently recognized as one of the top federal sites, the Library’s website recorded more than 85 million visits and 610 million page views in fiscal 2008. ” The site allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the new exhibitions that comprise the new Experience. At year’s end, plans were underway for innovative features to be added to the site, and the Library’s comprehensive exhibitions site was redesigned in conjunction with the launch. gov Thousands of pages of historic newspapers were digitized and added to the “Chronicling America” site, as well as series of resource guides on a number of topics— from presidents to poets to states to home preservation.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington first proposed the creation of a World Digital Library (WDL) in June 2005 in a speech before the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The goal of the WDL is to make significant primary materials from cultures around the world available on the 20 Internet, free of charge and in the United Nations’ languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), plus Portuguese. Included will be manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs and architectural drawings.
Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress 2008