The Library of Congress digs deep into history, with enough multimedia content on its Web pages to make YouTube seem like just a collection of video that any Neanderthal with a Web connection can add to.
And the library isn’t just about dusty old video; it also tackles current topics, using its sprawling resources to do the legwork for us. Take, for example, its Web page featuring all that’s relevant to Judge Sonia Sotomayor, whose Supreme Court confirmation hearing began in the Senate July 13.
It may be a little light on the concerns of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), but for people who want to read for themselves what the judge has written, there may not be a place online with more information about her; primary documents, legal opinions.
And of course, if you want to see the cable news shows’ takes, it has links to some of those too.
Back when, say, David Souter was nominated for the bench by the President George H.W. Bush, people without access to extensive legal libraries could listen live to the confirmation on National Public Radio, and that was about it. Most other info, pro and con, came through the filter of the media and parties with dogs in the fight.
The LoC page is a simple list of links, but they’re pretty good links! Now, folks can go straight to opinions she wrote on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, commentary from interest groups and even a massive trove of Clinton-era documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
So, for its contribution to the knowledge available on an important national event, the Library of Congress—again—is the host of the Government Video Website of the Week.
Check out last week’s Site of the Week, where the U.S. Department of Transportation takes a closer look at the I-95 corridor.
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