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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

“Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson Through His Papers”
Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, presented by Manuscript Division archivist Joseph Brooks.
Thursday, February 19 at noon.
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Introducing 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 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.

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.

“Illuminating the Life and Work of Carter G. Woodson through His Papers”

Celebrate Black History Month with the Library of Congress through the papers of its founder, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

Known as the “father of Black history,” in 1915 Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH). Eleven years later he started the annual February commemoration that has since blossomed into Black History Month, this year with the theme “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”  

On this hundredth anniversary of the ASALH’s founding, join Manuscript Division archivist Joseph Brooks to explore the documents that chronicle Woodson’s groundbreaking achievements as a pioneering historian and public intellectual. Comprising some 18,000 items, the Carter Godwin Woodson Papers collection at the Library of Congress brings together an array of significant materials including:

      • Woodson’s own correspondence and papers;
      • a broad variety of records that document African and African-American peoples, events, organizations and movements; and,
      • the papers of the ASALH and its publications.

The son of former slaves, Woodson went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He made it his life’s work to study, document and promote the substantial achievements and struggles of African Americans while highlighting their contribution to American life. Join us in learning more about Woodson’s own leadership and contributions in this anniversary year.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)
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. Registration is required. 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.

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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