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Public French and U.S. Libraries Partner for Audiovisual Excellence

Public French and U.S. Libraries Partner for Audiovisual Excellence

Published on January 26, 2012
France’s INA and the Library of Congress will share audiovisual archives in a three- year partnership, beginning February 1.

Beginning February 1, the Library of Congress and France’s National Audiovisual Institute (the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, or INA)—the government agency responsible for archiving French radio and television—will exchange up to 500 hours of specially selected digital content. The material chosen will reflect how the United States and France have portrayed each other in their respective medias, focusing mainly on news programming, documentaries, educational films, travelogues and home movies. This unprecedented cultural collaboration will allow researchers on both sides of the Atlantic to gain insights into the ways that the two countries have observed one another in the past 110 years.

The digital files will be available for research in the Library’s Motion Picture Reading Room and INA’s consultation center at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. A wide selection of public-domain titles will be made available for global online access via the World Digital Library.

INA’s mission:

Ina, founded in 1974, gathers and preserves the images and sounds which form the basis of our collective memory. It authenticates them, gives them meaning, and shares them as widely as possible through its collections and its expertise.

The world’s number one audiovisual center for digital archiving and archive enhancement, INA has become the watchword for technical innovation in both these fields. Its expertise is acknowledged today on every continent. Their website can be found here.

The Library of Congress’s mission:

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library’s mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.

The Library of Congress maintains a dynamic group of offices and services, notably the Copyright Office, the Law Library and the Congressional Research Service.

Specific to the LOC-INA partnership, the Office of Strategic Initiatives, whose aim is to support the Library’s vision and strategy by directing the overall digital strategic planning for the Library and the national program for long-term preservation of digital cultural assets, leading a collaborative institution-wide effort to develop consolidated digital future plans, and integrating the delivery of information technology services.

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