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LC Labs Letter: November 2020

LC Labs Letter: November 2020

November 2020 LC LABS LETTERA Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Our Projects It’s not too late: apply to be a CCHC researcher today! The call for researchers to work with Library collections at scale as part of the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) project is […]

An Archivist’s Perspective on

This is a guest post by Chad Conrady, Archives Specialist in the Manuscript Division. Alongside Senior Archives Specialist Kathleen O’Neill, Chad is a 2020 Staff Innovator working on the project Born Digital Access Now! In previous blog posts, Chad and Kathleen have shared publicly about their project, whose central aim is to research and understand […]

LC Labs Letter: October 2020

LC Labs Letter: October 2020

October 2020 LC LABS LETTERA Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team And the Winner Is… Our Director of Digital Strategy, Kate Zwaard, was awarded a 2020 Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) Government Leadership Award for her leadership in expanding the Library’s use of technology and encouraging deeper exploration and discovery […]

Analyzing the Born-Digital Arc...

Kathleen O’Neill is a 2020 Staff Innovator with LC Labs and a Senior Archives Specialist in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress. She’s shared about Born Digital Access Now!, her Staff Innovator project, in previous posts. In this post, she discusses her analysis of the various file formats in the Manuscript Division’s born-digital […]

LC Labs Letter: September 2020

LC Labs Letter: September 2020

September 2020 A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Projects The Newspaper Navigator Search Interface has launched! Breaking news! You can now visit //news-navigator.labs.loc.gov/search  to interactively browse over 1.5 million historic photos from the Chronicling America database of digitized newspapers. Innovator in Residence Ben Lee built this application […]

Newspaper Navigator Search App...

On September 15, 2020, the Library of Congress announced the release of Newspaper Navigator, an experimental web application which allows members of the public to visually browse 1.5 million photographs  from Chronicling America using machine learning. Read more about the design and features of the project below or jump straight to the newly launched application […]

Citizen DJ at the virtual Nati...

This post was originally featured on the Minerva’s Kaleidoscope blog for kids and families. We’re excited and grateful to be able to re-share about this opportunity to experience Citizen DJ at the virtual National Book Festival next week! Citizen DJ is an application that allows anyone with access to a web browser to explore thousands […]

LC Labs Letter: August 2020

LC Labs Letter: August 2020

August 2020 A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Job Announcements WE’RE HIRING! The Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is seeking an Innovation Specialist (GS-12) to work with our curators and reference librarians supporting reference questions that require data […]

LC Labs Letter: July 2020

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 […]

Introducing the 2020 Staff Inn...

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 […]

Finding By the People Transcri...

Today’s guest post is from Dr. Victoria Van Hyning, who served as a By the People Community Manager at the Library from 2018-2020. Starting in Fall 2020, she will be an Assistant Professor of Library Innovation at the University of Maryland iSchool, where she will continue her research on crowdsourcing, outreach, and inclusion.   The […]

LC Labs Letter: June 2020

LC Labs Letter: June 2020

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Our Projects  New experiments launch on labs.loc.gov! Speech to Text Viewer The Speech to Text Viewer is an experiment to test, document, and refine ways to increase accessibility to American Folklife Center collections using off-the-shelf transcription tools. This proof-of-concept tool shows […]

LC Labs Letter: May 2020

LC Labs Letter: May 2020

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Our Projects  Jamming with the Newspaper Navigator DatasetOn Thursday, May 7th, Innovator in Residence Ben Lee presented the Newspaper Navigator dataset containing over 100 million images extracted from the Chronicling America database using a machine learning algorithm. Over 130 participants tuned in remotely to get […]

LC Labs Letter: April 2020

LC Labs Letter: April 2020

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 our way through […]

Newspaper Navigator Surfaces T...

Although Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public, 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 […]

Digital Scholarship Working Gr...

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 […]

LC Labs Letter: February 2020

LC Labs Letter: February 2020

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team Apply to be the next Innovator in Residence! The Library of Congress Innovator in Residence program is a competitive residency for outside researchers or practitioners to creatively use the Library’s digital collections. The first Innovator was data artist Jer Thorp and […]

Machine Learning + Libraries S...

Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary now live!

On Friday, September 20, 2019, the Library of Congress hosted the Machine Learning + Libraries Summit. This one-day conference convened 75 cultural heritage professionals (roughly 50 from outside the Library of Congress and 25 staff from within) to discuss the on-the-ground applications of machine learning technologies in libraries, museums, and universities. Hosting this conference was […]

Computing Cultural Heritage in...

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 […]

LC Labs Letter January 2020

LC Labs Letter January 2020

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team The Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Project is HIRING! Come join the Mellon-funded Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Project as one of two digital scholarship specialists! The positions will be funded for three years and will assist four teams […]