May 24, 2022

"The C-SPAN Campaign: How Online Video Archives Are Changing the Game in 2012"

The article includes a mention of one of the most important, useful, and interesting research tools on the Internet, the award winning C-SPAN Video Library. It contains just about EVERYTHING that has ever aired on C-SPAN. One note, while the C-SPAN archive is focused on U.S. politics, you’ll also so much more. Also, the online archive is not exactly new especially in Internet time. It became available live in March 2010.

Make sure to take a look and take advantage of this resource that also happens to be free.

From, “How Online Video Archives Are Changing the Game in 2012”:

And that’s in keeping with C-SPAN’s mission: “to let people see candidates as they are,” according to Robert Browning, the director of the C-SPAN archives, who oversees a small staff and huge rooms of equipment in 10,000-sq.-ft. of research-park real estate near Purdue University. He doesn’t really mind if someone else ends up getting the clicks. (The most watched video in the C-SPAN archive currently has a little more than 700,000 views. The most viewed video on YouTube has nearly 700 million. But that’s what you get when you put a discussion of summer-work visas up against a Justin Bieber music video.) “It’s all kinds of people who are finding the material: sometimes it’s everyday people, sometimes it’s bloggers, sometimes it’s journalists or opposition researchers,” Browning says. “That’s pure democracy in a sense.”

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See Also: C-SPAN Video Library Wins a Peabody Award (April 2011)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.