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The Library of Congress Unveils National Recording Preservation Plan

National Recording Preservation Plan CoverThe Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covers infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies.

The plan derived from the work of six task forces convened by the Library of Congress. Indiana University made strong contributions to the process. Representation from IU included:

Brenda Nelson-Strauss (head of Collections, Archives of African American Music and Culture), served as director of the task forces and co-author of the plan

Mike Casey (Director of Media Preservation Services, Media Preservation Initiative), served as a member of the Digital Audio Preservation Task Force

Philip Ponella (Director, William and Gayle Cook Music Library), served as a member of the Copyright, Preservation and Public Access Task Force

Konrad Strauss (Chair, Department of Recording Arts, Jacobs School of Music), served as a member of the Education, Professional Training and Research Task Force.

The press release and a PDF of the plan can be accessed via the following link:


Coverage in the LA Times can be found here:



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