The meeting elected a 7-member Executive Council, including UNESCO and the Library of Congress in their capacity as ex-officio members. In connection with this meeting the Carnegie Corporation of New York supported a conference of directors and technical staff from libraries, archives, and museums in 11 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan – to identify important documents and collections from these countries that should be added to the WDL.
“Capacity-building is a crucial element of the WDL, which is more than just a very high-tech website. In order to ensure participation by all countries that wish to share their cultural heritage with the world via the WDL, we need to assist them with training, equipment, and software” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
“Carnegie Corporation is proud to be a supporter of the World Digital Library Project, which expands on Andrew Carnegie’s vision of opening the library doors of the world even wider and increasing access to knowledge and wisdom for all.” said Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The World Digital Library has now 85 partners from some 55 countries. More than 10 million users worldwide have visited the WDL (www.wdl.org) since its official launch in April 2009.