Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution
and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library
in the world, with over 134.5 million books, recordings, photographs, maps,
and manuscripts in its collections. It collects in over 460 languages, with
materials ranging from rare cuniform tablets to born digital materials. Through
its Web site, it provides access to resources, services, and over eleven million
of its multimedia primary sources.
How can you access this wealth of information? What resources
and services can assist you? This orientation will provide
an overview of what's available, provide strategies for accessing
the materials, and introduce you to the resources created
by staff to further your research into the Library's collections.
The Digital Reference Section conducts a one-hour orientation
monthly via Web conference. Throughout the program, there
are opportunities to ask questions, try various search tools,
sample the multimedia primary source materials online, and
become familiar with the digital formats on the site.
Web Conferencing: Web conferencing refers to the
ability of a software application on a Web site to allow
two or more participants to be at the same Web address,
log on, and join together to communicate and collaborate
in real time. Communication is facilitated by various features,
such as: text chat; audio (voice over IP); synchronized
browsing of Web pages; and Web-based presentations. Most
Internet-connected computers today are capable of supporting
a Web conference. For technical details about the application
used for the Orientation, see Technology Requirements below.
To learn more about participating in a Web conference, see
Quick Reference Guide (PDF: 269KB). (PDF files require
the free Acrobat
When: The orientation is conducted monthly,
on the second Wednesday, 11 am - 12 noon, Eastern time.
Where: Online via Web conference. The conference
Web address and password will be emailed within the week prior
to the orientation.
Registration: Use the Participant
Registration Form. Registration is
limited to fifteen people, on a first-come, first-served basis.
If sufficient interest exists to conduct a second session,
registrants will be notified by email.
Technology Requirements: Participants must
have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers
or a headset. A microphone or headset with attached microphone
is optional but useful. First-time Web conference participants
should see Support:
First Time Users. For more detailed information on technology
requirements, see Getting
Ready to Join an Elluminate Live Session.
more information or to request an orientation session for
your group, contact the Digital Reference Section via the Ask
A Librarian form at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-digital.html.