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Library of Congress Wins GII Award for Best Education Web Site

Library of Congress Exemplifies a Standard of Excellence for Best Practices and Innovation on the Web

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 14, 1999) -- The Library of Congress was today recognized at the 4th annual Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Awards as the winner of the best in the Education. Ziff-Davis's GII Awards are the world's leading forum to define, recognize and promote best practices and new models in the application of Internet and network technology. The honor, bestowed upon the Library of Congress's National Digital Library Program was presented at a gala ceremony at the Westin, St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on the evening of Dec. 14, in conjunction with the Nextravaganza conference, part of ZD Studios' series.

"On behalf of the Library's hard-working staff, I am honored to accept this prestigious award," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "The National Digital Library Program, with the help of Congress and private donors, is leading the way to the next millennium by providing unique, high quality educational content for Internet users throughout the nation and the world."

"The GII Awards honor people in all areas of society and industry who use the Internet to create extraordinary results, from making money to making a difference," said Melanie McMullen, general manager of the GII Awards and The Standard for Internet Commerce. "The Library of Congress is a visionary institution that exemplifies best practices and an innovative model in a new era of knowledge and communication."

The Fourth Annual GII Awards recognized achievement in 10 categories that are central to the way people live, work, and play: Arts & Culture; Children; Commerce; Community; Education; Entertainment; Government; Health; Netpreneur; and News & Media.

Other winners included:

  • College of Computing, Arts & Culture category
  • MaMaMedia, Children category
  • E*Trade Group, Commerce category
  • Join Together/Boston University School of Public Health, Community category
  • As If Productions, Entertainment category
  • Office of Information Resources Management, Enterprise Information Management Divison, EPA, Government category
  • BabyCenter, Health category
  •, Netpreneur category
  • Cygnus Publishing, Inc. & Cool/Writer Internet, News & Media category

The 4th Annual GII Awards were emceed by comedienne Paula Poundstone, were celebrated with a concert by world-renowned jazz musician David Sanborn and were presented in conjunction with ZD Studios' Nextravaganza conference, which featured leading Internet experts, visionaries and celebrities exploring the developments, challenges and opportunities of the Internet in the new millennium.

To view all the GII Awards winners or to review the Standard for Internet Commerce, which was also unveiled at the Nextravaganza conference, visit

About the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress -- the world's largest library, with more than 115 million items -- will celebrate its Bicentennial on April 24, 2000, as the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. More than two-thirds of its collections are in nonbook formats such as manuscripts, prints, photographs, motion pictures, sheet music, recorded sound, maps and digital materials. Through its popular Web site ( and its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress shares its resources with the nation and the world. More than 80 million "hits" are handled by its Web site monthly. The National Digital Library Program is the Library of Congress's Bicentennial gift to the nation.

About the GII Awards

The GII Awards program is a nonpartisan, private-sector initiative sponsored by leading corporations, organizations, publishers and government agencies. The GII Awards program is dedicated to helping people reach new levels of prosperity, community and health in the Communications Age by learning from others whose efforts and accomplishments serve as models of excellence. The GII Awards is currently the world's leading forum to define, recognize and promote best practices and new models in the application of Internet technology.

About the Nextravaganza

Nextravaganza is presented by ZD Studios and GII. Nextravaganza represents the third event in the ZD Studios' ZD series, an information source for executives looking to harness the power of the Internet to transform their businesses. ZD resources encompass a series of conference programs and partnerships with ZD's major technology media. Future plans also include community-building interactive forums and downloadable content through ZDNet, the top-rated Web site for technology news, information and entertainment.

About ZD Studios

As a division of ZD Events Inc., ZD Studios is dedicated to creating custom marketing programs for IT marketers in addition to some of the most attended and highly regarded conferences and seminars in the industry. These face-to-face solutions are developed by a vast resource of resident experts who have access to the global resources of Ziff-Davis, including publishing, events, research, Internet, television and education, as well as the industry's most sought after experts, opinion makers and celebrities. This flexibility, combined with a solid foundation of experience, places ZD Studios as a leader in developing successful, creative, face-to-face marketing programs for today's leading technology companies.

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