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Cuts in LC budget threaten NDIIPP

And this is *exactly* why we need a distributed system of digital deposit, collection, preservation and access.

“Cuts Impact Digital Work At Library Of Congress”, National Journal’s Technology Daily, Sep 11, 2007 PMedition by Aliya Sternstein

Budget cuts this year and a paltry funding outlook for fiscal 2008 are frustrating digitization efforts at the Library of Congress, according to Library employees. Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans disagree on how much money to supply the program in the future.

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, established by Congress in 2000, devises means of finding, saving and providing long-term access to cultural resources that exist only in electronic format. But $47 million — half of the program’s funding — was rescinded in fiscal 2007 to support other critical library programs.

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