LC Labs Letter: July 2020

July 2020


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

Our Projects 

Introducing the 2020 Staff Innovators!

LC Labs is thrilled to welcome Kathleen O’Neill and Chad Conrady aboard our team for the next four months as the 2020 Staff Innovators. Their project Born Digital Access Now! will explore methods for providing access to born digital materials in the Manuscript Division and prototype select tools on a digital workstation. They’re working on this project as part of an internal rotational pilot program called the Staff Innovator detail, which gives staff a chance to channel their creativity into carrying out a project of their own design to address a particular challenge or opportunity at the Library of Congress.

This interview with Kathleen and Chad on the Signal blog kicks off a Signal summer series featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with current Library staff, those moving into new positions, and new arrivals such as Junior Fellows, interns, and permanent staff who recently joined the Library. Stay tuned for more stories about the background, experience, and interests of the people that support the Library of Congress in providing enduring access to digital collections and stewarding its digital transformation.

Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field

Hot off the digital press! Our latest report, “Machine Learning + Libraries: A Report on the State of the Field” is now up on Authored by Ryan Cordell, an Associate Professor of English at Northeastern, the report examines a range of machine learning applications with relevance to library work and “aims to overview the field’s major questions, cautions, and opportunities, and to advance a set of practical recommendations for cultural heritage institutions seeking to undertake ML experiments.” Check out the whole report and related experiments on

It’s not too late! Share your thoughts about the Signal Blog

We wanted to hear from readers of the Signal Blog! We’ve gotten lots of good feedback so far and decided to extend the deadline to give more people a chance to respond. So whether you’re a long-time reader or you’ve just recently subscribed for updates, tell us what you think! To share your thoughts, please fill out our survey by August 1, 2020.



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 […]

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 […]

Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary now live!

The Machine Learning + Libraries Summit Event Summary is now available as a downloadable report on This document includes more detailed information about the conference proceedings. It broadly summarizes recurring themes of discussion and compiles the outputs of the small group activities.

Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Quarterly Update

This is a guest post from LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist Laurie Allen. This is the second post in a series where we are sharing experiences from the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud. The series began with an introductory post.  Learn about the grant on the experiments page, and see the […]