Author: Carlyn Osborn

How to Write a FDD in 149 Easy Steps: Learning to Evaluate Digital File Formats

Today’s guest post is from Marcus Nappier, who is a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section at the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress maintains over 470 format description documents (FDDs) on the Sustainability of Digital Formats website that provide information about file-formats, bit stream structures and encodings, and their usage in […]

Celebrating another year with By the People

Nearly two years ago, the Library of Congress announced the creation of a brand new crowdsourced transcription program: By the People. This news was shared here on the Signal and at the 1-year mark. Can you believe it’s already time for a 2-year celebration?! As a quick recap, By the People is a volunteer engagement and […]

Finding By the People Transcriptions in the Library’s Digital Collections

Today’s guest post is from Dr. Victoria Van Hyning, who served as a By the People Community Manager at the Library from 2018-2020. Starting in Fall 2020, she will be an Assistant Professor of Library Innovation at the University of Maryland iSchool, where she will continue her research on crowdsourcing, outreach, and inclusion.   The […]

Making a valuable resource even better: the Recommended Formats Statement and RFS 2.0

Today’s guest post is from Jesse Johnston (Sr. Research Development Officer Office of Research, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan), Kate Murray (Digital Projects Coordinator, Digital Collections Management & Services Division), Marcus Nappier (Digital Collections Specialist, Digital Content Management Section), and Ted Westervelt, Chief, US/Anglo Division. It has become ever more […]

Gina Jones and 20 Years of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress

Today’s guest blog post is from Gina Jones and Abbie Grotke, both of the Web Archiving Team. As a part of our series looking back at some of the people and stories around our 20th Anniversary of Web Archiving, I wanted to share with you an interview with a person who has been working on […]

Happy Birthday to LCWA! Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress.

Today’s guest post is from Abbie Grotke, who is Lead Librarian, Web Archiving Team in the Digital Content Management Section of the Library of Congress.   2020 marks a special occasion for the Library of Congress – our anniversary of 20 years of web archiving! Remember the year 2000? Back when we all breathed a […]

PDF is Here to Stay: Archiving with the Portable Document Format

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray (Digital Projects Coordinator, Digital Collections Management and Services Division, Library of Congress), Duff Johnson (Executive Director, PDF Association / ISO Project Leader, ISO 32000), and Kevin De Vorsey (Senior Electronic Records Policy Analyst, Records Management Policy and Standards, National Archives and Records Administration). PDF in the Federal Archiving […]

In a Web Archives Frame of Mind: Improving Access and Describing the Collections

This is a guest post by Lauren Baker, a Librarian-in -Residence on the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team (a part of the Digital Collections Management & Services Division). The Librarians-in-Residence Program offers early career librarians an opportunity to contribute to Library projects while learning from professionals in the field. In 2018, the Library of […]

The Library of Congress joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Today’s guest post is from Kate Murray, a Digital Projects Coordinator in the Digital Collections and Services Division at the Library of Congress. Digital information drives our economy, spurs our culture, and connects our community. But it requires special care to ensure that our expanding archives of digital information will be there for the future. […]

What can you find in 1.7 million phone book images?

The Digital Content Management Section (DCM) is excited to announce the release of over 1.7 million images scanned from the Library of Congress U.S. Telephone Directory Collection. These images originate from thousands of reels of black and white microfilm held in the Main Reading Room – now available on the Library’s website. The process for getting […]