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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.
The website for the first full year of our K-12 Web Archiving Program is now available online.
For the 2008/2009 school year, Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and California Digital Library collaborated on a program that explores archiving the Web from the perspective of students in elementary, middle and high school.
Using the Archive-It service, students from ten different schools selected born digital content from the Web to create “time capsules” to represent their world. By allowing students to identify sites that will be preserved for the long-term, the program gives teens and younger students a chance to identify and document their cultural history and the world that’s important to them. Unlike time capsules of tangible objects, which usually remain hidden for decades or centuries, the resulting Web collections are immediately visible and publicly accessible on the Archive-it website, with full text search for study and analysis.
For the 2009/2010 school year we hope to broaden the program’s outreach to additional schools around the country. To get involved and/or learn more, please send us your information through this request form. Applications will be available mid to late July.