May 26, 2022

Video: CBS Sunday Morning Airs Segment About Library of Congress “Preserving the Past of Present for the Future”

Martha Teichner from the CBS Sunday Morning program spent time here in DC at the Library of Congress and shares some of what she saw and learned about in a five minute report that was broadcast earlier today. The video is embedded below. A text version of the report is also available. 

Teichner begins by talking with Carol Highsmith about her project to photograph life in all 50 states and make them available via LC.

The report continues with mentions of a few LC treasures and also includes a brief look at the IRENE he sound recovery process. It includes comments by Librarian of Congress, James Billington and Gayle Osterberg, LC’s Director of Communications.

Billington tells Teichner:

“You save what is of fundamental importance in the best version you can,” Billington told Teichner. “And what you save, you have to save very broadly. You’ve got to preserve the values of the book culture even as you embrace the new possibilities of the digital culture, and that’s very typical of America. America’s a country with a unique formula for adding without subtracting.”


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.