Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives


What is it?

Community Webs is a two year IMLS and Internet Archive funded program to provide education, applied training, cohort support, and web archiving services for public librarians to develop expertise in web archiving.

Over the next two years, participating libraries will collectively preserve over 35 terabytes of web based community heritage materials for long-term access, contribute to educational resources relating to web archiving and digital preservation, and explore new forms of local engagement and partnerships through public programming support. The resulting resources and materials will be made publicly available to other institutions interested in pursuing their own web archiving programs.


Why is web archiving important for public libraries?

The ability to preserve local records from online news, local blogs, social media, and other platforms is an increasingly important skill for librarians seeking to fulfill their role as information custodians and community anchors in the age of the web. By including web archives in their collecting activities, librarians can play an active role in preserving the contemporary records of their communities and ensure that these unique materials are accessible for use as a trusted source in the future.


Participating Libraries

IMLS Cohort

Birmingham Public Library

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

*Cleveland Public Library (Library Lead Partner)

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

Forbes Library

Grand Rapids Public Library

Marshall Lyon County Library

New Brunswick Free Public   Library

Patagonia Library

*Queens Public Library (Library Lead Partner)

San Diego Public Library

*San Francisco Public Library (Library Lead Partner)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

West Hartford Public Library

The Urbana Free Library

Internet Archive Cohort

Athens Regional Library System

County of Los Angeles Public Library

Brooklyn Collection, Brooklyn Public Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library

DC Public Library

Henderson District Public Libraries (HDPL)

Kansas City Public Library

Lawrence Public Library

Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma)

Pollard Memorial Library

Westborough Public Library

Western History and Genealogy Department and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver Public Library


Interested in finding out more?

Keep an eye on the Archive-It blog for program updates!

Read the Community Webs IMLS grant proposal

Send any questions to:

Maria Praetzellis, Program Manager – Archive-It  Maria @archive.org

Sylvie Rollason-Cass, Web Archivist – Archive-It  Sylvie @archive.org



Community Webs Program Partners