Author: Trevor Owens

10 Weeks of Digital Content Management at a Distance: An Interview with Junior Fellow Randi Proescholdt

Every year the Library of Congress brings on a cohort of junior fellows to help expand access and use of collections. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic this program shifted to be entirely virtual in 2020. We are thrilled to have Randi Proescholdt, a graduate student from the University of Illinois’ School of Information Science, […]

Diving into Digital Content Management: An Interview with Mark Lopez

I’m thrilled to share that Mark Lopez has joined the Digital Content Management section as a new Digital Collections Specialist. To that end, I’m also excited to share this interview as part of our occasional series where we learn more about the background, experience, and interests of the people that support the Library of Congress […]

In the Library’s Web Archives: 1,000 U.S. Government PowerPoint Slide Decks

The Digital Content Management section has been working to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. The outcome of the project is a series of web archive file datasets, each containing 1,000 files of related media types selected from .gov domains. You can read more about this series […]

Appraisal of the Library of Congress Commissioned Composers Web Archive

A key part of the Library of Congress Music Division is commissioning works from composers. This work has resulted in the development and performance of a wide range of significant works. Valuable documentation of the creators supported through these commissions increasingly appears as part of websites which are often ephemeral. Recognizing the value and ephemerality […]

The Library of Congress Web Archives: Dipping a Toe in a Lake of Data

Today’s guest post is from Chase Dooley and Grace Thomas, Digital Collections Specialists on the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team.  Over the last two decades, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Program has acquired and made available over 16,000 web archives, as part of more than 114 event and thematic collections. Each Web Archive […]

Data Mining Memes in the Digital Culture Web Archive

The Library of Congress Web Cultures Web Archive launched to the public last year. This collection of the American Folklife Center, including a series of sites documenting the ways that cultures have developed and changed online, has already garnered a good bit of attention (see articles from Slate, Smithsonian Magazine and GeekWire.) You can view […]

Teaming Up! Digital Content Management Joins the Signal

Hello Signal Readers! It’s been a while, and I’m thrilled to be back here at The Library of Congress. Over the last eight months, I’ve been working to build up a new Digital Content Management Section (DCM), which will be supporting the amazing and talented librarians and allied professionals here by building capacity to acquire, preserve, and make […]

Collecting and Preserving Digital Art: Interview with Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito

As artists have embraced a range of new media and forms in the last century as the work of collecting, conserving and exhibiting these works has become increasingly complex and challenging. In this space, Richard Rinehart and Jon Ippolito have been working to develop and understand approaches to ensure long-term access to digital works. In […]

Digital Preservation Capabilities at Cultural Heritage Institutions: An Interview With Meghan Banach Bergin

The following is a guest post by Jefferson Bailey of Internet Archive and co-chair of the NDSA Innovation Working Group. In this edition of the Insights Interview series we talk with Meghan Banach Bergin, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Coordinator, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. Meghan is the author of a Report on Digital Preservation Practices […]

An Online Event & Experimental Born Digital Collecting Project: #FolklifeHalloween2014

If you haven’t heard, as the title of the press release explains, the Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos For American Folklife Center Collection.  As of writing this morning, there are now 288 photos shared on Flickr with the #folklifehalloween2014 tag. If you browse through the results, you can see a range of ways folks […]