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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.

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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 one or many digital collections 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.

This was a recently offered program (please check back for upcoming topical programs):

Books Go to War: Armed Services Editions in World War II

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, it opposed nations that had banned and burned books. In 1943, the Council on Books in Wartime, working with the War Department, began distributing pocket-size paperback volumes to soldiers in every theater of war. By 1947, approximately 123 million copies of some 1,300 titles in every genre had been printed and distributed as Armed Services Editions. The program rescued from obscurity such now-classic books as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925), while Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943) became a national favorite.

These books laid the groundwork for broad popularity of mass market paperbacks in post-WWII America. Today, they are loved by collectors, and the Library of Congress’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division holds the only complete set. Join Abby Yochelson, English and American Literature reference specialist in the Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division, to learn more about this fascinating collection.

Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 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 or device with speakers or headphones. There is also a telephone option for listening to audio.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected]. Registration for the program is also required.


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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