Category: digital collections

Let’s go! Explore, transcribe, and tag at crowd.loc.gov

This is a guest post from Lauren Algee, LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist. Connect with Lauren and her fellow crowd.loc.gov Community Managers Elaine Kamlley and Victoria Van Hyning via History Hub and on Twitter, as well as GitHub. What yet-unwritten stories lie within the pages of Clara Barton’s diaries, writings of Civil Rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell, or […]

Building a Southern Mosaic

The following is a guest post from Innovation Intern Aditya Jain on his Southern Mosaic visualization. Two weeks into my LC Labs Innovation internship, I came across Rachel I. Howard’s essay Southern Mosaic on the Library of Congress website. The essay describes the story of John and Ruby Lomax, a husband and wife who made […]

From Code to Colors: Working with the loc.gov JSON API

The following is a guest post by Laura Wrubel, software development librarian with George Washington University Libraries, who has joined the Library of Congress Labs team during her research leave. The Library of Congress website has an API ( “application programming interface”) which delivers the content for each web page. What’s kind of exciting is […]

Centralized Digital Accessioning at Yale University

This is a guest post from Alice Prael, Digital Accessioning Archivist for Yale Special Collections at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. As digital storage technology progresses, many archivists are left with boxes of obsolete storage media, such as floppy disks and ZIP disks.  These physical storage media plague archives that […]

Recommendations for Enabling Digital Scholarship

Mass digitization — coupled with new media, technology and distribution networks — has transformed what’s possible for libraries and their users. The Library of Congress makes millions of items freely available on loc.gov and other public sites like HathiTrust and DPLA. Incredible resources — like digitized historic newspapers from across the United States, the personal papers […]

Assembling the Whole: An Interview with Librarian|Artist Oliver Baez Bendorf

Oliver Baez Bendorf is a poet, cartoonist, librarian, teaching artist and activist. He holds an MFA in Poetry and MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of the book of poems The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press 2015) and an essay on activism in the forthcoming Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel (Library Juice […]

IEEE Big Data Conference 2016: Computational Archival Science

This is a guest post by Meredith Claire Broadway,a consultant for the World Bank. Computational Archival Science can be regarded as the intersection between the archival profession and “hard” technical fields, such as computer science and engineering. CAS applies computational methods and resources to large-scale records and archives processing, analysis, storage, long-term preservation and access. […]

The University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab

In November, 2016, staff from the Library of Congress’s National Digital Initiatives division visited the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab as part of NDI’s efforts to explore data librarianship, computational research and digital scholarship at other libraries and cultural institutions. Like many university digital labs, the DSL is based in the library, which DSL […]

Digital collections offer researchers opportunities to develop new skills and scholarly communications networks

Digital collections, such as those built in libraries and other cultural heritage institutions, are being used less as mere static repositories but rather as live, interactive resources. Harriett Green and Angela Courtney have examined humanities researchers’ needs for digital collections and learned that they are not only essential to scholars’ ability to access materials but also influence multiple aspects of […]