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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

The Digital Reference Section offers a variety of online programs, including:

1. Introducing loc.gov: 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.

    • Finding our Place in the Cosmos: A Journey Through Space, Time, and a Digital Collection
      April 29, 2014, 11 am - noon (Eastern Time). Registration required.

      Digital curator Trevor Owens and science reference specialist Margaret Clifton offer a guided exploration through one of the Library's newest digital collections: Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond.

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.

    • Newsworthy: Bringing Poetry to the Public
      April 30, 2014, 12 noon - 1 pm (Eastern Time). Registration required.

      Session host Rob Casper (Head, Poetry and Literature Center, Library of Congress) is joined by Michael Melia (PBS NewsHour Senior Broadcast Producer) and Craig Teicher (Director of Digital Operations at Publisher's Weekly and poetry critic for National Public Radio) in a conversation about how the news media promotes poetry.

4. Curator's Choice. Library of Congress holdings are varied, extensive, and fascinating. In these programs, Library curators and research specialists will highlight unique, significant, famous, or quirky items held by the Library of Congress.

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 on a particular topic for your group, contact the Digital Reference Section via Ask A Librarian.

Past Programs

Topics of past Web discussions have included:

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