Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Margaret Honey, Center for Children and Technology (212) 707-4209

July 17, 1995

Library of Congress Awards Contract for National Digital Library Study

The Library of Congress has awarded a $615,000 contract to the Center for Children and Technology (CCT), an educational consulting firm that is a division of the Education Development Center, to help the Library determine the most effective methods for K-12 educators to use digitized versions of primary source materials from the Library's collections. The award is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Library last October for the National Digital Library Program.

"The Library of Congress looks forward to working with the Center for Children and Technology to achieve its goal of making primary source materials as useful and accessible to the K-12 community as possible," said Suzanne Thorin, the Library's chief of staff and coordinator for the National Digital Library Program. The Library's National Digital Library Program, in collaboration with other major research institutions, aims to place 5 million items on the Internet by the year 2000.

Requirements in the one-year contract, which can be extended an additional two years, include requiring CCT to survey the use of primary source materials in K-12 schools, review Library collections to determine which are best suited to meet K-12 requirements, assess the technology readiness of schools, and develop teaching materials for two Library historical collections.

If the Library exercises the optional two years of the contract, CCT may develop and produce a CD-ROM of the Library's historical collections adapted to the needs of the K-12 educational community, design curriculum for training teachers on the use of primary source materials, and examine the applicability of materials developed during the first year to introductory-level college coursework.

One of the first efforts of the Center for Children and Technology will be to hold an Educators Forum to acquaint teachers with the project and obtain their advice. Forum participants, who represent a variety of schools from around the nation, will also receive an initiation to the vast and unique primary resources of the Library.

The forum will be held July 27-28 in the Library's Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Although the Library does not serve persons below age 18 in its reading rooms, the contents of National Digital Library Program are accessible electronically to students in elementary and high school. Thus the Library "feels a responsibility to make sure that these materials be used effectively by students of all ages," said Martha Dexter of the National Digital Library Program's educational services area.

The Center for Children and Technology in New York City was founded in 1981. The mission of the CCT is to provide basic, applied and formative research and technology development, with the goal of improving education.

In January 1995, the Library made a request for proposals to companies that could help it explore uses of digitized primary source materials in K-12 schools. The CCT's proposal was determined to best meet the needs of the Library in achieving this goal.

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PR 95-102
ISSN 0731-3527

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