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The Plan is the cumulative result of more than a decade of work by the Library of Congress and the National Recording Preservation Board. It is America's first significant step toward organizing an effective national collaboration to meet the challenges of saving our recorded sound cultural patrimony.
The Plan follows upon the Library's fulfillment of other mandates that Congress assigned to its Library in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Since then, the Library of Congress has laid the foundation for the plan and increased public awareness of the need to preserve our nation's recorded sound history and culture. Those mandates included the establishment of the National Recording Preservation Board in 2002; annual announcements of the National Recording Registry starting in 2003; from 2005 to 2009, the publication of five landmark studies on specific issues affecting sound recording preservation and access; and in 2010, the publication of The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age, the first comprehensive survey of recorded sound preservation in America ever undertaken.