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Can you help? Seeking people to take part in user research

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Experimenting toward the Digital Strategy In LC Labs we work collaboratively across the Library of Congress, and with external partners, to advance and the agency’s Digital Strategy. We do this through experimentation, engagement and research. We try approaches and explore technologies that could help us connect with users, share our resources in new ways, and …

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Inside, Inside Baseball: A Look at the Construction of the Dataset Featuring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress Digital Collections

Posted by: Abbey Potter

This is a guest blog post by visiting scholar archivist Julia Hickey who is on a professional development assignment from the Defense Media Activity to the Library of Congress Labs team. Julia has been helping us prepare for and build out a visualization of collection data for our Inside Baseball event. This post was also …

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Women’s History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Posted by: Abbey Potter

This is a guest post from Sarah Osborne Bender, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I graduated from library school in 2001, just months after Wikipedia was launched. So as a freshly minted information professional, it is no surprise that I fell …

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Dodge that Memory Hole: Saving Digital News

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Newspapers are some of the most-used collections at libraries. They have been carefully selected and preserved and represent what is often referred to as “the first draft of history.” Digitized historical newspapers provide broad and rich access to a community’s past, enabling new kinds of inquiry and research. However, these kinds of resources are at …

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Dodging the Memory Hole: Collaborations to Save the News

Posted by: Abbey Potter

The news is often called the “first draft of history” and preserved newspapers are some of the most used collections in libraries. The Internet and other digital technologies have altered the news landscape. There have been numerous stories about the demise of the newspaper and disruption at traditional media outlets. We’ve seen more than a …

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Happenings in the Web Archiving World

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Recently, the world of web archiving has been a busy one. Here are some quick updates: The National Library of Estonia released the Estonian Web Archive┬áto the public. This is of particular note because the Legal Deposit Law in Estonia allows the archive to be publicly accessible online. If you read Estonian you can browse …

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Teaching Digital Libraries with Viewshare: An Interview with Dr. Erik Mitchell

Posted by: Abbey Potter

This is a guest post by Camille Salas, the Viewshare.org coordinator for the Library of Congress.  This past December, I shared a lesson plan that uses the Library’s Viewshare platform to create digital libraries. Dr. Erik Mitchell, who teaches the Organization of Information class at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, created the lesson plan. After a …

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IIPC @10

Posted by: Abbey Potter

Late in April, in Ljubljana,┬áSlovenia, the International Internet Preservation Consortium gathered for its annual General Assembly. This year is the 10th anniversary of the organization, and we marked the milestone by reflecting on our past accomplishments and thinking about how the members could work together to make positive and lasting impacts on the field of …