Videoconferencing with the Library of Congress
Programs for Researchers
The Library of Congress offers interactive programs with
reference and subject specialists to acquaint researchers
with the resources on the Web site and how best to access
them. Programs are appropriate for researchers, college/university
faculty and students, librarians, and lifelong learners engaged
in studies involving, geography, United States history and
culture, local history, genealogy, world history and culture,
foreign languages, and American literature.
Orientation to the Digital Library
Introduction to content areas and search systems on the Web
site; includes demonstrations of the various search systems
and multimedia content.
Demonstration of the characteristics of the various Library
of Congress search systems and advanced search strategies
to take advantage of these characteristics.
Saving and Displaying loc.gov's
Multimedia Resources (two-hour workshop only)
Practical tips and hands-on practice in downloading, saving,
and displaying the Library's multimedia digital resources
in your work.
Researching the Library's Digital Collections
Past & Present: Searching the Early Congressional
Documents and THOMAS
Overview of online holdings and search strategies for congressional
records and legislation from 1774-1875 and 1973-2004.
Jumpstarts to Research:
One-hour programs providing an overview of multimedia resources
and research strategies on various topics such as:
- African American Sites in the Digital Collections
- Local History and Genealogy
- Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress
- Music and Dance in American History
- Presidential Papers at the Library of Congress
(Note: Other topics may be requested. Use the Inquiry
Form to submit your special request.)
Gain a unique perspective on
your community's history
and cultural identity by gathering oral history interviews.
This workshop introduces the layperson to the process of collecting
oral histories and focuses on a critical phase of the process,
Internet: Fact or Fiction; Web Site Evaluation Strategies
to examine web sites and create evaluation criteria that
make the World Wide Web the research tool it can be.
of Congress: Jefferson's Legacy to the Nation
on the history of the Library of Congress.
As Historical Evidence
Maps are windows to the cultural, political, and physical
world around us. They capture a space in time and define it
according to parameters set by the mapmaker for an intended
audience. Learn to explore historical maps and discover the
surprises they yield.
Light Us to Freedom and Glory Again": Civil War
Poetry With A Purpose
Poetry written during the Civil War was used as a vehicle
for the individual to express opinions and attitudes. Using
the Library of Congress's online collections, explore how
poetry written by soldiers and citizenry from the North and
the South helped unify citizens, inspire troops, memorialize
the dead, and overcome the anger and resentment of both sides
in the aftermath of the war.
All programs are free. We ask that you dial us, thus any
connect charges are yours. We also require a technical check
to be performed at least one week prior to the event.
Venues and Scheduling
Most programs are one-hour presentations. Depending on the
topic, some can be two-hour interactive workshops if the requesting
group has access to Internet-connected computers.
Programs may be scheduled Monday - Friday during normal working
hours, Eastern time. Times are flexible and depend on Library
staff availability, time zone differences, and varied work
schedules across the country.
To request a program, complete the Inquiry
form. You will
be contacted within five business days to arrange the program's
time, date, and technical equipment check, and to receive
the necessary handouts for the program.
For more information, contact the Digital Reference Team
via the Inquiries Form or 202/707-4158.
Technical Specifications Required
ISDN-based video conferencing capability compatible with
the Polycom FX system.
For workshops, a computer lab setting with a presentation
system viewable by participants; machine-to-participant ratio
of 1:2 or 1:1.
Internet browsers should play multimedia files in American
Memory. See American Memory Viewer Information at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amviewer.html for
The Saving and Displaying loc.gov's Multimedia Resources workshop
requires graphics software that can crop and resize images
in .gif, .jpg, and .tif (groups III and IV) formats. Many
inexpensive software applications have these capabilities.
- Contact us via the Inquiry form to schedule a program.
- Provide the Library with audience information (essential
for program preparation).
- Facilitate the presentation locally. Have extra support
staff to assist in computer lab if used.
- Create resources and handouts per Library instruction.
If needed, download files for the program from the Library
Web site prior to the event.
- Schedule and conduct an equipment compatibility check
no later than one week prior to the event.
Library of Congress's Role
- Tailor the program to meet your needs and goals for your
- Provide a presenter(s) with expert knowledge in the topic.
- Provide handouts for the host site to photocopy and distribute.
- Facilitate the event, with co-facilitation by the host