loc1I have always been a huge fan of the Library of Congress. Their web site has always been a great source of lesson plan ideas, activities and resources. They began digitizing documents from their collections long ago. LOC archivists are doing podcasts. They’ve partnered with a wide variety of historical groups and last year began working with Flickr to share LOC photos and collect user created data. The Library has always seemed to use whatever means available to get documents and information in the hands of users.

And now . . . the next step!

The Library of Congress has jumped into the YouTube world and created its own video channel.

youtubeWell, this is a day that has been a long time in coming. The Library of Congress has been working for several months now so that we could “do YouTube right.” When you’re the stewards of the world’s largest collection of audiovisual materials (some 6 million films, broadcasts and sound recordings), nothing less would be expected of you, and our own YouTube channel has now gone public.

The LOC YouTube people have posted over 70 clips in six different categories including early industrial films and some of the first movies ever made by Thomas Edison. It’s a pretty limited selection at this point and more novelty than useful. But the LOC is committed to adding more videos and the site will only become more helpful as time goes on.

This is one you definitely need to bookmark and come back to often.