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 over 134.5 million books, recordings, photographs, maps,
and manuscripts in its collections. It collects in over 470 languages, with
materials ranging from rare cuniform 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 scheduled sessions for Fall 2014 are:
Wednesday, September 24, 11 am - 12 noon EDT
Tuesday, October 21,
3 pm - 4 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 29, 11 am - 12 noon EDT
Wednesday, November 12, 11 am
- 12 noon EST
Tuesday, November 18, 3 pm - 4 pm EST
Where: Online via webinar. Log on information will be emailed within the week prior
to the orientation.
Registration: Use the Participant
Technology Requirements: Participants must
have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers
or a headset.
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.