Increasingly, much of daily life is conducted online. School, work, communication with friends and family, as well as news and images, are accessed through a variety of websites. Information that once was printed, physically mailed or kept in photo albums and notebooks may now be available only online. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed even more interactions to the web. You may not realize portions of the internet are constantly disappearing. As librarians and archivists, we strengthen collective memory by preserving materials that document the cultural heritage of society, including on the web. You can help us save the internet, too, as a citizen archivist.
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Internet Archive, web archiving, Internet culture, collective memory
Kayla Harris (0000-0002-1672-3022), Stephanie Shreffler (0000-0002-2147-7495), and Christina A. Beis (0000-0003-4749-1292) (2021).
The Internet Archive has been Fighting for 25 Years to Keep What's on the Web From Disappearing - and You Can Help. The Conversation.