digital collections

21 Mar 2014

Library of Congress Blogs – Follow Friday

This Follow Friday post is about Library of Congress blogs. The nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Its name comes its original mission to serve as the research arm of Congress, a purpose it still fulfills today. The Library’s formal mission is to “support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.”

The eleven Library of Congress blogs certainly fulfill the latter part of their mission. The Library of Congress blogs are excellent resources, free to all, organized by broad historical subjects, and containing a wealth of information for researchers from the vast collections at the Library of Congress.

These Library of Congress blogs are of particular interest to genealogists:

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6 Sep 2013

Collection of Collections at CONTENTdm for Follow Friday

contentdmThe Collection of Collections site by CONTENTdm is today’s Follow Friday post. It gathers digital collections from a host of libraries and archives that use CONTENTdm‘s software to deliver digital collections to researchers.

Lots of attention in the genealogical research world goes to commercial (for-profit) digital collection sites like Ancestry or MyHeritage.

But there are many, many non-profit libraries, archives, and museums that are working hard to digitize and deliver their collections directly to users, usually for free. In these collections are genealogically rich materials such as yearbooks and oral history transcripts.

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3 May 2013

Personal Digital Archiving: How Well Do You Score?

The following is a guest post by Tess Webre, an intern with NDIIPP at the Library of Congress, originally posted in The Signal, the Library of Congress’ digital preservation blog.

QUIZ:  Does your personal digital preservation strategy need a makeover?

A. When was the last time you updated your storage media?

  1. Justin Bieber was still in diapers.
  2. The Artist formerly known as Prince was still known as Prince
  3. I updated it when I heard Gangnam Style this Summer.
  4. The first Mötley Crüe reunion tour.

B.  What kind of annotation do you have on your files?

  1. I never metadata I didn’t like
  2. My files are like minimalist art, bare
  3. Dublincore? More like DublinSNORE
  4. Sometimes, I remember to annotate with xml, but mostly I’m emailing my ex.

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