LC Labs Letter: April 2020

LC LABS LETTER

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team

Editor’s Note

As it did for many people across the country and all over the world, the month of March brought new ways of working and communicating and challenging, complex circumstances for the LC Labs team. We found our way through that time by setting out to discover even more ways our work can be useful and relevant to our colleagues and to all users of the digital Library of Congress.

This April edition of the newsletter will feature a round-up of interesting blog posts, announcements, and publications as well as a list of things you can do or read remotely during this time when the “digital” is coming to define so much of our professional and personal lives. We hope you find it interesting!

If you have responses or questions to share, as always, feel free to reach out to us directly at [email protected]!

-Eileen Jakeway

Things to Do

Get a sneak peek of all the historic images contained in Chronicling America

Although Library buildings are closed to the public, projects like Newspaper Navigator are busy unlocking even more digital content for members of the public to access from home!

At 2 pm on May 7, Innovator in Residence Ben Lee will host a virtual data jam to explore, research, and play with hundreds of images—including maps, advertisements, comics, and more!—from historical newspapers dating all the way back to the 1800s.

Register to participate remotely and find more details about how to call in. To read more about the project and how Ben extracted all the visual content from more than 16 MILLION pages of historical newspapers, check out this blog post from the Signal.

Learn more about the Innovator in Residence program and Ben’s project here //labs.loc.gov/work/experiments/newspaper-navigator/

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Things to Read

From LC Labs

Library of Congress Digital Scholarship Working Group Report
In April, the Library of Congress Digital Scholarship Working Group Report was released to the public for the first time. This report, authored by the Library of Congress Digital Scholarship Working Group in 2017, details case studies of current practices for supporting digital scholarship and unmet demand. The report also outlines three major recommendations to expand support for digital scholarship at the Library of Congress, which are to invest in collection readiness, build institutional capacity, and expand user services. For further context about this report and the context of the Library of Congress see Abbey’s blog post on the Signal.

Download the report from the LC Labs website! //labs.loc.gov/static/labs/meta/DHWorkingGroupPaper-v1.0.pdf

The Latest from the Signal blog:

From across the Library of Congress:

For teachers:
Here are some resources that may help you as you plan for remote learning:

For researchers:

For the curious:

Note: this blog post was updated with a revised link on May 5, 2020.

Innovator Brian Foo Incorporates “Citizen DJs” into Design Process

The following is a guest post by Innovator in Residence Brian Foo, creator of Citizen DJ. The Citizen DJ project invites the public to make music using the free-to-use audio and video collections from the Library of Congress. The project will feature online tools for exploring and remixing tens of thousands of sounds from a variety of collections ranging from music to government film to oral histories. 

Earth Day 2020 Has Gone Digital

This is a guest post by Jennifer “JJ” Harbster, Head of the Science Reference Section in the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division. She had her first taste of web archiving with the Internet Archive’s collaborative project documenting Hurricane Katrina and went on to lead the Science Blogs Web Archive. On April 22, 2020 we […]

Newspaper Navigator Surfaces Treasure Trove of Historic Images – Get a Sneak Peek at Upcoming Data Jam!

Projects like Newspaper Navigator are busy unlocking even more digital content for members of the public to access from home. On May 7th at 2pm EST, Innovator in Residence Ben Lee will host a virtual data jam to experiment and play with thousands of images—including maps, advertisements, comics, and more!—from historical newspapers dating to the 1800s. In this post, Ben discusses his aspirations for engaging the American public with the millions of images he extracted from  Chronicling America.

Digital Scholarship Working Group Report: Published!

Digital scholarship takes advantage of the availability of digital collections and a changing landscape of tools, resources and methodologies to produce new forms of research and engagement. Digital scholarship projects and centers are common at research universities. They serve faculty and student needs by supporting digital skill development and sharing best practices in digital research […]

Happy Birthday to LCWA! Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress.

Today’s guest post is from Abbie Grotke, who is Lead Librarian, Web Archiving Team in the Digital Content Management Section of the Library of Congress.   2020 marks a special occasion for the Library of Congress – our anniversary of 20 years of web archiving! Remember the year 2000? Back when we all breathed a […]