Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution
and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library
in the world, with more than 158 million items—including books, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music,
manuscripts—in its collections. It collects in over 470 languages, with
materials ranging from rare cuneiform tablets to born digital materials. Through
its Web site, it provides access to resources, services, and over eleven million
of its multimedia primary sources.
How can you access this wealth of information? What resources
and services can assist you? This orientation will provide
an overview of what's available, provide strategies for accessing
the materials, and introduce you to the resources created
by staff to further your research into the Library's collections.
The Digital Reference Section conducts a monthly one-hour orientation
via webinar. Throughout the program, there
are opportunities to ask questions, try various search tools,
sample the multimedia primary source materials online, and
become familiar with the digital formats on the site. (Please see our Web discussions page for additional webinar offerings.)
When: Orientation programs last for one hour. The next sessions scheduled are:
Wednesday, May 11, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Wednesday, June 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon EDT
Where: Online via webinar. Log on information will be emailed within the week prior
to the orientation.
Registration (required): Please use the registration form.
Technology Requirements: Participants must
have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers
or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.
ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or email@example.com. Registration for the program is also required.
more information or to request an orientation session for
your group, contact the Digital Reference Section via the Ask
A Librarian form at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html.