Contact: Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217; Rob Lanesey, Ameritech, (312) 364-3616; Crystal Ashton, Ameritech Library Services (801) 223-5330

July 19, 1996

Librarian Announces Availability Of Guidelines For Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition

James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, has announced the availability of guidelines for the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. His announcement was made during the July 7 President's Program of the American Library Association Annual Convention in New York City.

Made possible by a $2 million grant from Ameritech to the Library's National Digital Library (NDL) Program, the competition will allow all libraries, archives, historical societies and other repositories in the United States (except federal libraries) that hold primary source materials in American history and culture to apply for awards to digitize their collections. These electronic collections will become part of the American Memory collections of the NDL Program.

"Making collections of other institutions available from the National Digital Library helps fulfill the promise of the collaborative nature of this project," said Dr. Billington. "With Ameritech's help, the National Digital Library becomes truly national in scope."

Tom Quarton, President of Ameritech Library Services, said, "This is an unprecedented opportunity for libraries throughout the nation to share their unique historical treasures. Students, researchers, library patrons -- people across the country -- will soon be able to access this vast wealth of American history."

The goal of the National Digital Library Program is to make freely available millions of items on the Internet by the year 2000. The Library's homepage at will offer access to the collections digitized by the competition's winners as well as continue to offer collections of the Library of Congress.

For the first year of the competition, preference will be given to collections that illuminate the period 1850-1920, as this is already a focus of many of the Library's electronic collections. Applicants are advised to view these American Memory collections at to determine ways in which their holdings complement or augment what is currently available.

Complete guidelines for the competition are available on the World Wide Web at They are also available from Ameritech at (external link). Applications forms will be available from the same Web sites no later than August 19.

To request guidelines and applications (when available) in printed form, contact Barbara Paulson at the Library of Congress at (202) 707-1087; fax (202) 707-3566; or Crystal Ashton, Ameritech Library Services, at (801) 223-5330; fax (801) 223-5202.

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PR 96-95
ISSN 0731-3527

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