The Alaska State Library’s collection Alaska Governor/Lt. Governor Web Sites was originally conceived to archive these government websites over time. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s resignation announcement earlier this month and the transition of power to Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell this past Sunday, July 26, 2009 gave the Alaska State Library a great chance to use the crawl on demand feature of Archive-It to preserve information on the announcement and the end of Governor Palin’s term.
By crawling Governor Palin and Lt. Governor Parnell’s websites on the eve of the transition of power, the Alaska State Library was able to capture information that is now offline. Once Sarah Palin left office, the governor’s website changed to reflect Sean Parnell as governor, and the lieutenant governor’s website changed to reflect Craig Campbell as lieutenant governor. The information from former Governor Palin’s website as well as speeches and press releases from Sean Parnell’s time as lieutenant governor are no longer available on the live web. The foresight of the staff of the Alaska State Library and on-demand crawling through Archive-It made it possible to preserve the final changes to these websites before they were taken offline.