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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:

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.


23 Aug 2013

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

Courtesy NARA

Courtesy NARA

National Archives Hosts Virtual Genealogy Fair September 3 and 4 2013

The National Archives announced today that it will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on the U.S. National Archives UStream channel. The virtual genealogy fair is schedule for:

  • Wednesday, September 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, September 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. EDT


26 Jun 2013

Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find

An article – Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find –published last year in Library Journal reports that the average library user success rate for finding journal articles or article databases is only 52 percent.

Commonly misunderstood terms include acronyms and brand names, subject categories, and the words “database,” “library catalog,” “e-journals,” “index,” “interlibrary loan”, “periodical,” “serial,” “reference,” and “resource.”