The Librarian Seeks Diverse Archivists & Storytellers: PBS Newshour

Recently, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden spoke with Ivette Feliciano on the PBS Newshour about the “Of the People, Widening the Path” initiative, supported by a $15 million investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Image of Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, interviewed in the PBS Newshour, April 10, 2021

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, interviewed on the PBS Newshour, April 10, 2021.

The Librarian noted, “This grant will allow us to work with communities to think about what will a historian one hundred years from now, what do we need to start collecting now to make sure that they get the full story? We hope that more people will get excited about the fact that they can make history and look at history that we already collected in a different way — to delve into collections, learn archival methods and be the future researchers and documentarians.”

You can watch the full interview, featuring comments from other archivists and specialists, and read the transcript on the PBS Newshour site.

Now Hiring: Two Program Specialists for Internship and Fellowship Programs

As part of the Mellon Foundation-funded initiative, Of the People: Widening the Path, the Library’s Internship and Fellowship Programs (IFP) office is able to expand several of its internship programs. The IFP team is seeking to fill two program specialist positions that will support these expanded programs. Read more about the GS-13 Program Specialist position. […]

Applications Now Open for AHHA Fall 2021 Remote Internship

Applications open today—March 26, 2021—for the Fall session of the Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship! This part-time, remote internship offers undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students insights into the Library of Congress collections—the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge. Interested in applying? Read below for a brief guide on […]

Further Context for the Community Collections Fellowship Program

A few weeks ago, this blog published a post reflecting on previous cultural documentation work the American Folklife Center (AFC) conducted through our ‘field survey’ projects. I offered that post as a way to provide historical context for the Community Collections Fellowship program that AFC is launching within the Of the People initiative at the […]

Digital Experimentation and the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative

The Library’s Innovator in Residence Program, has helped the Library re-imagine creative engagement with our collections through technological innovation. Like the Innovator in Residence program, the Artist/Scholars in Residence for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative will provide opportunities for intensive time to re-imagine the ways that technology and Library materials can be used to connect with Americans.

Some Context for the Community Collections Fellowship Program

As noted in a recent post on this blog, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will be launching a Community Collections Fellowship program under the Library’s “Of the People” initiative funded with support from the Mellon Foundation. This program will enable people to conduct fieldwork documenting the cultural activities and experiences that […]