New Home and Features for Sustainability of Digital Formats Site

This is a guest post by Kate Murray, IT Specialist in the Library of Congress’s Digital Collections and Management Services. The Library of Congress’ Sustainability of Digital Formats Web site (informally just known as “Formats”) details and analyzes the technical aspects of digital formats with a focus towards strategic planning regarding formats for digital content, […]

Software Carpentry at the Library of Congress

In February, we hosted 40 librarians, archivists and data wranglers at the Library of Congress to learn advanced skills in managing digital collections. National Digital Initiatives (NDI/NP/NIO) hosted a Software Carpentry workshop, inviting staff from the Library, the DC Public Library and federal libraries for hands-on learning in the programming language Python, the version-control software […]

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 […]

Developing a Digital Preservation Infrastructure at Georgetown University Library

This is a guest post by Joe Carrano, a resident in the National Digital Stewardship Residency program. The Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library is at home among the many Brutalist-style buildings in and around Washington, D.C. This granite-chip aggregate structure, the main library at Georgetown University, houses a moderate-sized staff that provides critical information needs […]

Women’s History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

This is a guest post from Sarah Osborne Bender, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I graduated from library school in 2001, just months after Wikipedia was launched. So as a freshly minted information professional, it is no surprise that I fell […]

Open Science Framework: Meeting Researchers Where They Are

This is a guest post by Megan Potterbusch, National Digital Stewardship resident at the Association of Research Libraries. Openly sharing research data, code and methodology are integral parts of open science. Whether due to disciplinary culture shifts or funder and publisher mandates, the general trend towards open science has been increasing in many research fields. […]

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 […]

Read Collections as Data Report Summary

Our Collections as Data event in September 2016 on exploring the computational use of library collections was a success on several levels, including helping steer our team at National Digital Initiatives in our path of action. We are pleased to release the following summary report which includes an executive summary of the event, the outline […]