Category: Inside the Library

Rich Online Resources Document the 1963 March on Washington

A recent post from the Library of Congress’s main blog outlined some of the riches at the Library of Congress in connection with the 1963 March on Washington. Picture This, the blog for our Prints and Photographs Division also recently highlighted some recently digitized photographs from the march. In the spirit of the 50th anniversary, […]

Xporting Digital Format Sustainability Descriptions as XML

The following is a guest post by Carl Fleischhauer, a Digital Initiatives Project Manager in NDIIPP. In 2003, we began drafting descriptions of digital formats, intended to support the Library’s preservation planning. Knowing that our descriptions would be of general interest, and wishing to work cooperatively with emerging format registries (e.g., the Unified Digital Format […]

My Junior Fellow Summer

The following is a guest post by Madeline Sheldon, former Junior Fellow with NDIIPP The Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, at the Library of Congress, provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work on special projects and collections within the world-renowned institution. The Library selects students with various educational backgrounds and specializations, […]

What Is It That We Actually DO?

A ten year-old recently asked what I do for a living. The response mostly involved explaining that the Library of Congress has digital collections and that I lead a team of people that take care of digital things, including writing software. I have often been asked by family, friends and complete strangers to explain what […]

Bringing Hidden Collections to Light with Viewshare: An Interview with Julie Miller, Historian at the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post from Camille Salas of the Library of Congress. On June 11th, I had the opportunity to conduct a Viewshare presentation at the Library of Congress. In addition to a demonstration of how Viewshare works, I shared a few examples of how staff members at the Library of Congress are using […]

Moving on Up: Web Archives Collection Has a New Presentation Home

This is a Guest Post by Abbie Grotke, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team Lead and Co-Chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group. We’re excited to finally announce something a team of Library staff has been involved with for over a year now – a big project to integrate the Library’s web archives […]

Announcing the Inaugural Class of National Digital Stewardship Residents

The National Digital Stewardship Residency Program has reached a major milestone – the ten residents for the inaugural class have now been chosen!  It was a very competitive selection process, and these ten new residents have proven themselves highly qualified to take on current and future challenges of digital stewardship work.  They will arrive in […]

Working With Digital File Formats: A Dream Job

This is a guest post by Kate Murray, Audio-Visual Specialist with the Office of Strategic Initiatives. I suppose I’ve always loved puzzles. There are the standard jigsaw and board game varieties – who doesn’t love a good game of Carcassonne?  – but I see puzzles in many different environments. I see them in patterns for knitting […]

Hardware Matters

My colleague Leslie Johnston blogged last week about computer hardware preservation and declared a change of opinion on the subject. Her motivation came as a result of discussions at a recent Library of Congress invitational meeting, Preserving.exe: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Software. I attended the same meeting and also changed my opinion–but in the […]

Setting Out on the Digital Preservation Path as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow

This is a guest post by Madeline Sheldon, a 2013 Junior Fellow working with NDIIPP. I am currently working towards a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information, with a specialization in Library and Information Science. In the past, I held library positions, which included working in reference services, […]