Keeping Track of Your Online Resources: Changes to American Memory and myLOC.gov

Curating. Collecting. Pinning. Cutting and pasting. Bookmarking. Gathering links.

We all have our own methods for keeping track of the resources we find online and want to save for later.

Sharing and updating these personal curation strategies is especially important given the ever-shifting nature of the Web, and the need to keep up with sites as they grow and change.

Example of Redirect to Updated American Memory Collection

The Library is currently in an exciting period of transition, developing new technologies and using new strategies to better deliver our content to the public. A number of our longtime resources are moving to new homes within loc.gov. Items that lived in American Memory have either moved or will move soon. Meanwhile, starting November 19, the assets in myLOC.gov will be moving to loc.gov, while myLOC.gov’s myCollection will no longer be offered.

The Library’s teacher resources will continue to be updated to reflect these new URLs. However, if you use items from American Memory and myLOC , double-check your own collections of URLs to make sure they’re up to date.  If you’ve been using myCollection, move your assets into another system. The Share/Save tool at the top of most Library pages offers many options!

Share and Save tool

This would be a good opportunity to share your favorite tools for organizing your online assets, so that teachers looking for new solutions might benefit from your experience! Do you have an effective or beloved method for keeping track of your most valued online teaching resources?

2 Comments

  1. Mary Johnson
    November 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the heads up. I’m all for updating to keep up with current Web technologies. I do have a more practical question, however. Once myLOC goes away, how would one find entire presentations such as the Waldseemuller Maps in the Exploring the Early Americas Interactives (http://myloc.gov/exhibitions/earlyamericas/interactives/maps/html/index.html)? Will the separate items be searchable through the Library of Congress homepage universal search tool? Will the actual interactive presentation go away? I’m not sure how to save the “fancy” parts of myLOC.

  2. Stephen Wesson
    November 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    A pertinent question, Mary.

    The content from all of the interactives currently on myLOC.gov will be available at loc.gov/exhibits. Many of them will still be interactive, but even those that won’t be will still have the text and primary sources available.

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