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.

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.

Library Enriches America’s Story by Connecting with Minority Communities, Funded by $15M Mellon Grant

The Library today announced a new, multiyear initiative to connect more deeply with Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and other minority communities by expanding its collections, using technology to enable storytelling and offering more internship and fellowship opportunities, supported by a $15 million investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.