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Speculative Annotation in the Classroom: A Conversation with Educator Ashley Wood and Innovator Courtney McClellan

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post by the 2021 Innovator in Residence Courtney McClellan, a research-based artist who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. With a subject focus on speech and civic engagement, McClellan works in a range of media including sculpture, performance, photography, and writing. She has served as studio art faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, …

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Visualizing Data Flows at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post by Lily Huang, a 2019 Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress. Lily worked with the Library’s User Experience team to create an animated data visualization of the data flow of the Library. Coming to the Library as a Junior Fellow this summer, I was excited, but unsure what the …

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Digital Strategy v1.1.2 Now Available

Posted by: Jaime Mears

In October 2018, the Library published a new digital strategy describing the Library’s objectives for digital transformation over the next five years. The strategy describes goals such as growing online collections, creating opportunities for deeper engagement, and investing in an innovation culture that supports a changing information landscape. In an effort to reflect some of …

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Creative Technologist and 2018 Papamarkou Chair Tahir Hemphill Looks Back on his Year in the Archives

Posted by: Jaime Mears

This is a guest post from Tahir Hemphill, the 2018 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. The Labs team first met Tahir – a creative technologist, educator and radical archivist – when we invited him to speak at our Collections as Data: Impact conference about his …

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Control Issues: A Report of SXSW ’18

Posted by: Jaime Mears

We went to the SXSW Conference this year to reach an audience of tech developers with our session Hacking the Library of Congress. As you may expect from an emerging technology conference, sessions on virtual reality (VR) (48 sessions) and blockchain (29 sessions) dominated the week.  At the Virtual Cinema, attendees demoed a variety of VR …

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Iterative Collaboration at LC Labs

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a repost of a blog post from the SAA’s Electronic Records Section: BloggERS! This post is part of the recent BloggERS series on “Collaborating Beyond the Archival Profession.”  The LC Labs team works to increase the impact of Library of Congress digital collections. This includes not only the 2,500,000+ items available on loc.gov, …

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Making a Newspaperbot

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post from Library of Congress Labs Innovation Intern, Aditya Jain. While exploring the possibilities of digital collections, Aditya created @newspaperbot. Below he shares his process, some of the challenges he encountered, along with the code. Due to updates related to Twitter’s API, this bot is no longer functional. The Chronicling …