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Internet Archive (Archive.org) collection "The Family History Library"

I have just noticed that there is a collection of books on the Internet Archive, Archive.org called "The Family History Library" with the FamilySearch logo, currently consisting of 395 texts, uploaded between Jan 14, 2016 and Jan 30, 2018

From the Catalogue details for the latest book uploaded
Collection familyhistorylibrary; americana
Digitizing sponsor Corporation of the Presiding Bishop, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Contributor FamilySearch, Family History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
https://archive.org/details/familyhis...

Is it possible to request, perhaps through Help on the FamilySearch website, that a digitised microfilm of a book be uploaded to the Internet Archive?

In a previous topic
Digitised microfilm - Plea for faster reader, including for digitised books. https://getsatisfaction.com/familysea...
I suggested that that digitised microfilms be uploaded to the Internet Archive, which for me is so much faster than FamilySearch, but at the time of writing this topic, I was not aware that FamilySearch (or perhaps other branches of the church) had uploaded books to the Internet Archive.
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  • Only works that are out of copyright can be loaded to the Internet Archive. If they are still in copyright (which varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction) then it is illegal to upload a digitized (published) book to the internet Archive.

    This has been discussed at great length and to be honest, right now, the internet performance into Utah from my location (in Illinois) is horrid. It has been all day, even from the Family History Center where I was serving as staff this afternoon.

    I'm not sure what is going on, but the owners of the backbone, not FamilySearch have a bad habit of throttling performance. You can thank our current national administration for favoring big business over the common folk and not pushing for a free internet that is not throttled.
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  • Maureen, thanks for raising this suggestion again.

    Your previous post had some excellent responses from our fellow users - but only ONE from FamilySearch (Thanks to Joe Martel).

    I randomly checked a couple of the FHL items listed on Archive.org in the Library catalog. It was interesting that those listings showed only print and microfilm copies were available, although a digital copy is available on Archive.org. It would certainly seem appropriate to reference the digitized copy - or provide a link to it on archives.org.

    In 'answer' to your question of how to make the request, this appears to be the folks in charge of archives: https://www.familysearch.org/records/...

    archive.org would certainly seem like a great site to post even MORE FHL items.
    Another great feature is their ability to download in multiple different formats!!

    We are often reminded that FS employees 'read every post,' so hopefully you may receive an 'informed' response from someone who might take action.
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  • I notice that book files continue to be added to the above collection, the last being Dec 4, 2018 and the collection now consists of 618 volumes.

    https://archive.org/details/familyhis...

    However, I now notice that not one of these files has been coded with a date of publication, which generally is a standard item of the catalogue. A researcher generally needs this information as an indication of whether the book is printed before an period of interest. Most books contain the date of publication, and if not, the holding library usually suggests an approximate date.

    Surely an institution such as the Family History Library can do better and code in the date of publication?

    I note for the FamilySearch catalogue entry for one book now digitised
    https://www.familysearch.org/search/c...
    that
    (a )the approximate date of publication is given and
    (b) FS catalogue entry gives no indication that the book has been digitised and is available on Archive.org

    https://archive.org/details/ferozsons...
    interesting to see this book has had 5,635 Views, and is the 4th most viewed book in the FamilyHistory Library Collection.

    There is also another collection on Archive.org, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which seems to be mainly church history. These files appear to have had a date of publication keyed in.
    https://archive.org/details/presiding...

    There are some Gazetteers
    https://archive.org/details/presiding...
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