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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

Listening In: Exploring Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress
Thursday, April 28, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

In honor of National Poetry Month, join Catalina Gómez of the Hispanic Division as she explores the history of the Library of Congress’s literary audio archives. Curated since 1943 at the Library, these archives consist of audio recordings of prominent contemporary poets and prose writers reading from their work. Online versions of the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) and the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) were launched in 2015. Gómez will discuss the process of digitizing the archives and share several of her favorite recordings, in English and Spanish, with listeners.
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Finding a Home: Researching Jewish Americans at loc.gov
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Sometimes called "a nation of immigrants," the United States has been home to millions of Jews from around the globe who came to its shores seeking freedom and opportunity. Since the first arrival of thirteen Iberian Jews to New Amsterdam in 1654, Jewish immigrants and their descendants have established a richly diverse Jewish American cultural and historical legacy—one that bridges not only race, class, gender, and geography, but a broad array of occupational, political, social, and religious roles. Building on the motif of Jewish Americans finding and making their collective home, this webinar explores the wealth of primary sources on the Library of Congress website related to Jewish Americans. Please join research specialist Susan Garfinkel for an overview and online tour of these resources, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
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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.

Listening In: Exploring Literary Audio Archives at the Library of Congress

In honor of National Poetry Month, join Catalina Gómez of the Hispanic Division as she explores the history of the Library of Congress’s literary audio archives. Curated since 1943 at the Library, these archives consist of audio recordings of prominent contemporary poets and prose writers reading from their work. The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) includes poets and prose writers from Spain, Portugal, and Latin America; and the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature (ARPL) is comprised of American poets and prose writers, though some international writers are also included in the collection. Online versions of both archives were launched in 2015. Gómez will discuss the process of digitizing the archives and share several of her favorite recordings, in English and Spanish, with listeners.

Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration (required): 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.

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 ada@loc.gov. Registration for the program is also required.

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.

Finding a Home: Researching Jewish Americans at loc.gov

Sometimes called "a nation of immigrants," the United States has been home to millions of Jews from around the globe who came to its shores seeking freedom and opportunity. Since the first arrival of thirteen Iberian Jews to New Amsterdam in 1654, Jewish immigrants and their descendants have established a richly diverse Jewish American cultural and historical legacy—one that bridges not only race, class, gender, and geography, but a broad array of occupational, political, social, and religious roles.

A dozen years after the Library of Congress hosted a landmark exhibit, From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, its themes of accommodation, assertion, adaptation, and acculturation still resonate. Building on the motif of Jewish Americans finding and making their collective home, this webinar explores the wealth of primary sources on the Library of Congress website related to Jewish Americans. Resources range from the papers of such prominent Jewish Americans as Leonard Bernstein and Hannah Arendt to a wealth of multimedia resources documenting the lives of everyday Jewish Americans: photographs, newspapers, narratives, sheet music, maps, play scripts, and more.  

Please join research specialist Susan Garfinkel for an overview and online tour of these resources, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration (required): 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.

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 ada@loc.gov. 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.

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