The Washington Times - April 4, 2008, 10:31AM
Chris Matthews at a Barack Obama victory speech
The Library of Congress and Terremark Federal Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., today announced that the company will be hosting the Library’s new interactive Web site, myLOC.gov, the companion to the new onsite Library of Congress Experience that launches April 12.\ \ \ The immersive site, myLOC.gov, has interactive features that mirror the Library of Congress Experience in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The site will leverage Terremark’s Highly Managed Hosting. The newly redesigned Web site will provide visitors with a highly interactive and educational experience, while also serving as a central repository for related digital content.\ \ \ “Technology and interaction with historical artifacts are crucial to engaging the imagination and critical-thinking skills of young people, which is why this partnership with Terremark is so important to our mission of making our unparalleled collections more broadly accessible and creating lifelong learners,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.\ \ \ “The Library of Congress chose Terremark based on its reputation for delivering top-quality services coupled with highly secure facilities — all of which many critical federal agencies depend upon,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, the Library’s chief operating officer. \ \ \ The Library is expecting more than three million new user accounts on myLOC.gov within the first year, with millions of physical visitors to the interactive kiosks in the Jefferson Building, making Terremark’s services vital to delivering virtual hands-on interaction with the Library of Congress Experience.\ \ \ “We view the solutions we will provide the Library of Congress as a great service to the nation and an opportunity to help bring the Library’s vast collections to the fingertips of Americans everywhere,” said Manuel D. Medina, chairman and CEO of Terremark Worldwide.\ \ \ The new Experience offers a series of immersive exhibits exploring the Early Americas, telling the story of the documents and words that created the American republic, featuring the original library of Thomas Jefferson that founded the Library of Congress, and showcasing the beautiful art and architecture of the Jefferson Building itself. Highlights include Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence with handwritten edits, Martin Waldseemuller’s 1507 map that was the first document to use the word “America” and the Gutenberg Bible.\ \ \ “We are very proud to have the opportunity to work with the Library of Congress,” said Jamie Dos Santos, president and chief executive officer of Terremark Federal Group. “Our team is eager to play a key role in hosting myLOC.gov, which we see as an extension to the many priceless collections so important to the history of our country and to scholars the world over.”\ \ \ The Library of Congress Experience opens to the public on Saturday, April 12, with celebratory programming from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, Washington, D.C., 20540. The myLOC.gov site will launch simultaneously. For more information on the Library of Congress Experience, visit www.loc.gov/experience/.\ \ \ The acceptance of this gift is subject to the approval of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.\ \ \ The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s Web site www.loc.gov.
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