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Web Discussions

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

Batter Up! Baseball at the Library of Congress
July 31, 2018, 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT
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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.

Batter Up! Baseball at the Library of Congress

The rich and unique holdings of the Library of Congress include many items that document the history of baseball and Americans' fascination with the game. Through photographs, baseball cards, official games guides, newspaper reportage, scouting reports, films, and memorabilia—much of which is now available online—the Library's collections offer a first-hand look at the development and growth of baseball from the 18th through the mid-twentieth centuries.

Join librarians from the Researcher and Reference Services Division for a free, online webinar focusing on the origin, evolution, and history of America's national pastime through the late 19th century.

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm EDT
Registration: Please register via EventBrite.

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 request a program for your group, or for other questions, contact the Digital Reference Section via Ask A Librarian.

Past Programs

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