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Library of Congress Announces New Chief of the Digital Innovation Lab

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

The Library of Congress has appointed Nicole Saylor as the new Chief of the Digital Innovation Lab, a position established to lead the Library’s innovation with digital collections and to support its digital transformation. The position, located in the Digital Strategy Directorate in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, is being created as the …

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Curating as Artistic Act: Selecting Items for Speculative Annotation

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

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. Courtney’s Residency initiative “Speculative Annotation” will be an experimental browser-based application that …

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Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud: An Interview with Olivia Dorsey

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

We’re thrilled to share that Olivia Dorsey recently joined the LC Labs team as an Innovation Specialist! Olivia will be working on the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) initiative at the Library. The CCHC initiative is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Centered in LC Labs, the project …

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Doing History with Born Digital Files: the Rhoda Métraux and Edward Lorenz Papers

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

The following is a guest post by Josh Levy, Historian of Science and Technology in the Library’s Manuscript Division. What’s a historian to do with a born digital file? On Christmas Day, 1854, between family gatherings and fretting over the cost of living in Washington, engineer Montgomery Meigs was notating his plans to build a …

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Looking Back and Forward with LC Labs

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

Last year, LC Labs worked with partners across the Library and outside its walls to advance the Digital Strategy. Here’s a look back at some of our work on the strategy’s goals of opening the treasure chest, connecting, and investing in our future, and a preview of this year’s plans. In the coming year, we …

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Exploring the Past with Sanborn Maps and Newspaper Navigator

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

Walk the streets of any U.S. city today, and you might come across historic markers or masonry etchings indicating what the buildings used to be. It is always fascinating to learn what our neighborhoods, cities, and towns used to be —factories turned residences, street names changed, the places and spaces our predecessors lived, ate, and …

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The Computing Cultural Heritage Collections Project is Looking for Researchers!

Posted by: Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal

Do you work with digital collections as data in your research? Apply for a contract to work with Library of Congress data in the cloud as part of the Computing Cultural Heritage Collections project. Researchers will help the Library build a rich understanding of the uses for large scale computational access to library collections, including …