Category: Digital Content

Sprinting toward a Lab: defining, connecting and writing a book in five days

A lab is where experimental and research-focused tools, methods, and services are incubated. The starting premise for a lab is often wanting to spur change and make space for new practice and new people. Yet calling something a lab can also signal separation between traditional services and new approaches. Labs, and innovation in general, can […]

In the Library’s Web Archives: Dig If You Will the Pictures

The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. This is another step to explore the Web Archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, “real world” […]

Celebrating a year with By the People

Celebrating the 1 year anniversary of By the People, the Library of Congress crowdsourcing platform that engages volunteers to explore and connect to Library of Congress collections while enhancing searchability, readability, and research use of digitized collections. In the last year over 11,000 volunteers have registered and even more have contributed anonymously to complete transcription of over 31,000 digital collection pages, with 55,000 awaiting peer review.

Launching the Digital Collections Management Compendium

Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in the Digital Content Management section have been working with experts from across many divisions of the Library of Congress to collate and assemble guidance and policy that guide or reflect the practices that the Library uses to manage digital collections. I am excited to share […]

ARL Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows Visit the Library

This is a guest post by Camille Salas, a Senior Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section in Library Services. Staff of the Library’s Digital Content Management Section hosted nine participants in an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) initiative this summer, arranging presentations and tours throughout the institution. The ARL Fellowship for Digital […]

Announcing International Collaborations on Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

The following is an announcement from funding and cultural organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom about a new collaboration supporting digital scholarship.  The Library of Congress Labs team is co-hosting a workshop to kick-off international collaborations around digital scholarship. Partners in the UK and the US are coming together to collaborate on the […]

Acquiring Open Access Children’s Books

This is a guest post by Kristy Darby, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section in Library Services. The Library of Congress’ Digital Collecting Plan, finalized in 2017, proposes to “Develop and implement an acquisitions program for openly available content.” To support this goal, the Library’s Digital Content Management section has been […]

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 […]

In the Library’s Web Archives: Totally Tabular Data

This is a guest post by Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section at the Library of Congress. He holds both an MLS and an MA in Music History and Literature from University of Maryland, as well as a BA in Music from Shepherd University. The Digital Content Management section has […]