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LC LABS LETTER: A Special Edition from the Library of Congress Labs Team

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Special Edition: Contracting opportunities!!

This time-sensitive message about open procurements comes between our normal monthly updates. Please share widely share with any lists, people, or groups who might be interested!

Note: Federal hiring and procurement rules prohibit us from answering questions about open opportunities – please use the contact info provided in the listing.

Current Opportunities

Humans in the Loop: Accelerating access and discovery for digital collections

LC Labs is seeking a contractor to help us iterate on LC Labs’ initial machine learning experiments by developing two prototypes or proofs of concept that combine crowdsourcing and machine learning approaches. A key goal of these prototypes will be to consider ethical ways to crowdsource and apply machine learning methods to Library of Congress digital collections, incorporating user-centered design and human participation into automated workflows. You can find the posting at .

Experimental Access to Digital Collections and Data: Analyzing and Demonstrating Affordances at Scale

LC Labs is also seeking a contractor to analyze existing experimental interfaces like the ones we offer on the LC Labs website ( according to how they serve a diversity of user needs, in particular, the needs of people who don’t already engage with the Library; who are employing emerging styles of digitally-enabled research, visualization or analysis; and who might develop applications, share, learn, teach, connect or otherwise communicate with Library materials. The Library is also seeking recommendations based on user-centered research that identify potential methods and approaches to enhancing Library digital collections and access systems to satisfy unmet user needs. Check out the posting at .

Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Research Services

The Library seeks a contractor to document and report on the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud project. More about the project goals and approaches can be found at and the posting can be found at .

Upcoming Opportunities 

Call for Researcher Proposals

Stay tuned for the forthcoming call for researcher proposals to work with Library of Congress collections at scale with our team.


Editor’s note: This post was edited for clarity on 8.5.20. For any of the solicitations above, please refer to the listing on directly for instructions.

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