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The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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Many Comments on Video Library Received

October 13, 2009

There have been many comments received on the new Video Library design during the last month. We are reading all of them and are working to make improvements in our released beta version. Some users are concerned that the new design it is not as easy to find current programs or programs in categories such as Washington Journal or Q&A which used to be displayed prominently on the front page. The front page does display all recent programs in the order that they have aired. The tab showing the latest programs that have aired can be changed to show today’s events. This is the same information that was found in the old Video Library. It is now just in a different place.

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On the right side of the front page is a dropdown that allows one to select categories of programs. By default it is set to All Categories. When this dropdown is selected, you can narrow the selection by choosing a specific category. An example is shown below. Selecting Call-In, Communicators, or Congressional Committees will give the same specific listings that were formerly found on the front page.
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The new Browse feature we are currently designing will introduce new ways to browse program categories without using the search feature. With each new improvement the C-SPAN Video Library should become easier to use. We will continue to read the comments and take them into consideration as we design these new features.