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Digital government records provide challenges for historical preservation

In today's technology-centered world, what used to be an all paper trail documenting state law and other legislative records is now being recorded straight to digital form. Yet, all that information still needs to be documented and preserved, creating challenges for paper-centered libraries and repositories.

Minnesota Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, along with the Minnesota Historical Society, describe how new methods to preserve and provide access to the growing amount of digital records of state legislatures are being paid for though a grant from the Library of Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. The Minnesota Historical Society was charged with preserving the legislative records of Minnesota even before it became a state.

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