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The Digital Reference Section offers interactive online programs using webinar technology. Topics reflect the depth and breadth of the resources available in the Library's collections, while the webinar format allows participants from around the country and the world to learn from and interact with Library of Congress staff. Specialists from across the Library of Congress regularly join the Digital Reference Section in offering a varied slate of presentations.

Upcoming Programs

American Flags, Patriotism, and Patriotic Celebrations: Resources at loc.gov
Wednesday, June 15, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Before the United States had a constitution, it had a flag. Since 1777 the American flag has been a symbol of the nation in times of war and peace, joy and sadness, patriotism and protest. From commemoration to controversy, Library of Congress collections include a wide variety of resources featuring the American flag and patriotic celebrations, many of which are freely available on the Library’s website. Please join reference specialist Elizabeth Brown for an overview and online tour of Library of Congress digital resources featuring the American flag, patriotism, and patriotic celebrations.
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Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies
Offered monthly.
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Program Offerings

The Digital Reference Section offers a variety of online programs, including:

1. Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies. This orientation webinar is offered monthly.
    • Please visit the Orientation page for a full description, schedule, and registration information.

2. Spotlight on Collections. Each of these topical workshops focuses on getting the most from a single digital collection on the Library's website, combining hands-on attention to navigation and discovery with exploration of collection content and context.

3. Objects, Subjects, Knowledge. Interested in learning more about a specific type or format of items in the Library's holdings? In exploring a subject area across the Library of Congress's vast collections—or beyond? Join specialists from the Digital Reference Section and the Library's research centers as we investigate the content, scope, meaning, and reach of Library resources.

American Flags, Patriotism, and Patriotic Celebrations: Resources at loc.gov

Before the United States had a constitution, it had a flag. Since 1777 the American flag has been a symbol of the nation in times of war and peace, joy and sadness, patriotism and protest. The flag is referenced in song, used in advertising and political campaigns, flown at sporting events, draped on caskets, and debated in Congress. From commemoration to controversy, Library of Congress collections include a wide variety of resources featuring the American flag and patriotic celebrations, many of which are freely available on the Library’s website.

Please join reference specialist Elizabeth Brown in marking Flag Day and Independence Day with an overview and online tour of Library of Congress digital resources featuring the American flag, patriotism, and patriotic celebrations.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration: Please use the registration form.

Web discussions are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the
country and the world to join us. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email. Please read the Library of Congress Comment and Posting Policy.

Technical 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 protected]. Registration for the program is also required.

4. Curator's Choice. Library of Congress holdings are varied, extensive, and fascinating. In these programs, Library curators, archivists, and research specialists will highlight unique, significant, famous, or quirky items held by the Library of Congress.

Ask a LibrarianPrograms are announced through the Virtual Programs & Services RSS Feed and Email Subscription, and on this page. To attend an upcoming session, complete the Participant Registration Form. To request a program for your group, or for other questions, contact the Digital Reference Section via Ask A Librarian.

Past Programs

Topics of past Web discussions have included:

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