Volunteer Vignette: More accessible and searchable than ever before!

In today’s post, Abby Shelton interviews a By the People volunteer, Laura, who has gone above and beyond! By the People is a crowdsourced transcription program launched in 2018 at the Library of Congress. Volunteer-created transcriptions are used to make digitized collections more accessible and discoverable on loc.gov. You can read some other Volunteer Vignettes on the Signal here and here. Abby: What motivates […]

Candidates, Campaigns, and CDX Files: A New United States Elections Web Archive Dataset

This blog post was co-authored by Chase Dooley (Senior Digital Collections Specialist) and Tracee Haupt (Digital Collections Specialist), members of the Library’s Web Archiving Team. The Library’s Web Archiving Team recently released a derivative dataset that describes the United States Elections Web Archive, a collection that preserves over twenty years of campaign websites for candidates […]

Introducing Marya McQuirter, CCDI Program Director

This post is cross-posted from the Library blog Of the People: Widening the Path. We are delighted to introduce Marya McQuirter, the new program director for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI). CCDI is a four-year program encouraging creative uses of the Library’s digital collections to center the histories, lives and experiences of Black, Indigenous […]

Library of Congress Opens Search for Next Innovator in Residence

The Library of Congress is looking for a creative dreamer and doer to serve as its next Innovator in Residence. Through May 2nd, 2022, the Library is inviting researchers, artists, and bold thinkers of all types to propose imaginative new experiments designed to open the Library’s vast treasure chest and connect its digital collections with […]

Performing Arts in the Coronavirus Web Archive: Part 2

This post was originally written by Melissa Wertheimer, a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, for In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. In Part 1 of this series, I walked readers through Coronavirus Web Archive items within the theme of financial relief efforts in the performing arts. This second post focuses on medical and public health initiatives specific to […]

What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Spring 2022

Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal will now be sharing out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added […]

Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud: Expert Researchers Share Their Outcomes

LC Labs’ Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) initiative explores pathways for the Library to deliver its digital collections at scale, using a cloud computing environment. You can read more in previous posts about the initiative. Earlier this year, LC Labs worked with three research fellows in digital history, digital art history, and software librarianship […]

Performing Arts in the Coronavirus Web Archive: Part 1

This post was originally written by Melissa Wertheimer, a Music Reference Specialist at the Library of Congress, for In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. In June 2020, I was appointed to the Library’s interdisciplinary Coronavirus Web Archive project team to select social and cultural content. The Coronavirus Web Archive’s official landing page and press release came out on #WebArchiveWednesday, […]