K12 web archivists make history

July 11th, 2016

By Sylvie Rollason-Cass

The beginning of summer means a lot of things to a lot of people, and here at Archive-It it means closing the book on another fun year of the K-12 Web Archiving Program. But it also means preparing for next year’s program!

This year we had students from 5 different schools participate in building more than 40 different collections of websites that were important to them. The topics ranged from websites that play a role in the Daily Life of teens, to sites about current events like the 2016 Presidential Election, to fun topics like Star Wars, Spies, Fashion and Beauty, Music and many more. Students were encouraged to think about their collections as “time capsules,” adding metadata to help describe their collections and the websites they chose to include in them so that users today and in the future will be able to get a glimpse of the Web through their eyes.


Paul VI Catholic High School Webcrawlers Club

Paul VI Catholic High School Webcrawlers Club

Students from the Webcrawlers Club at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA shared some of their thoughts and experiences:

  • This year, our club had the chance to go to the Library of Congress and meet with an archivist that opened up a whole new field to us that we didn’t even know existed.
  • We really got to learn how big the internet is and how much there is to it.
  • It’s cool that this won’t go away; it’s something that will always be in history.
  • We put the sites to represent our generation so people know who we are/what we did.
  • I think it would be great if there’s an archive club in college.

We’re inviting schools to apply to participate in the 2016-2017 program year by filling out the Application Form. Any questions about the K-12 Web Archiving Program can be directed to Sylvie (sylvie @ archive.org) or Maria (Maria @ archive.org)