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Library of Congress Recommended Formats Statement 2022-23

  • 1.  Library of Congress Recommended Formats Statement 2022-23

    Posted Jul 11, 2022 04:30 PM

    The Library of Congress is excited to release the newest version of the Recommended Formats Statement. Over the last several months, the team of experts charged with maintaining, improving and ensuring the accuracy of the Statement have been engaged in the annual process of examining the Statement and its content categories, to ensure that it correctly reflects the technical characteristics for best practices regarding preservation and long-term access.  This year we are very pleased to announce that not merely have the characteristics for previous content categories been updated and improved; we have also included Email as a category, meeting a crucial need for users of the RFS (

    Ensuring that the Statement is both accurate and useful is dependent on knowing from the stakeholders what needs to be updated and corrected to reflect current best practices.  The positive feedback we have received has meant that few major changes have been required for the latest version this year, though there are some notable updates within the category of geospatial and cartographic works in particular.

    The Library of Congress is encouraged by the value its partners and stakeholders around the world have found in the Recommended Formats Statement; and we hope that the work undertaken this year will make them even more useful.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts as you work with the Statement and taking them into consideration as we tackle the next annual revision in 2023.