The Watergate Scandal and Public Television

By Keiko Okuhara, Bibliographic Services/Systems Librarian.

Image of US Congress building with text reading Senate Hearings on Campaign ActivityThe American Archive of Public Broadcasting recently published an online exhibit called “Gavel to Gavel: The Watergate Scandal and Public Television.” This archive includes newly digitized material from the Senate Watergate hearings as well as coverage of the 1974 House impeachment hearings. The exhibit provides access to context for the hearings not only for public broadcasting, but also for America as a whole and covers all the coverage, a highlights reel, an episode guide, and an essay putting the coverage into historical perspective.

See http://americanarchive.org/exhibits/watergate for more information.

Archive-It (archive-it.org)

by Roberta Woods, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian.

Little known is the Archive-It service from the Internet Archive (https://archive.org/), the site that has the Wayback Machine, and Open Library. Archive-It enables organizations like the University of Hawaiʻi (https://archive-it.org/organizations/336) to build and preserve collections of web content.University of Hawaii Archive-It member information with description

The Internet Archive has been archiving the web content since 1996 for its Wayback Machine. In 2002, the Internet Archive released Heritrix, an open source web crawler. However, organizations often lack expertise and/or policies to effectively archive web content. Constantly changing web technology, conflicting and evolving policy decisions, shifting organizational structures, limited or non-existent funding contribute to the obstacles organizations face when considering archiving web content.

The Archive-It team drafted the Web Archiving Life Cycle Model, shown below, to address best practices for archiving web content as a collection development tool. With more and more web content disappearing daily, organizations in the public sector and beyond should consider subscribing to Archive-It.

image of Web Archiving Life Cycle Model, displaying concentric circles