June 20, 2014 Library of Congress Launches Pinterest Account
New Media Platform Will Share Library’s Visual and Creative Content
Contact: Lola Pyne (202) 707-3128; Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Continuing its effort to make its digital educational, historical and cultural resources available to web users across many platforms, the Library of Congress today launched an account on Pinterest, accessible at www.pinterest.com/LibraryCongress External.
“The Library’s collections are so rich with visual content, from maps and posters to photographs and sheet music,” said the Library’s Director of Communications Gayle Osterberg. “We are excited to share these treasures with Pinterest users.”
The Library is the repository to more than 158 million items of cultural and historical value, including more than 13.7 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 6.7 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts.
As a visually based content-sharing platform where users curate their own collections of multiformat items, Pinterest lends itself to the sharing of online Library of Congress content at the item level.
Pinterest users create and manage individual collections, or “boards,” and “pin” items on the site to satisfy a range of interests, including searching for creative inspiration and sharing information and activities with others. Each pin links back to the original source material.
In celebration of summer, the Library’s Pinterest site debuts with content introducing the institution and reflecting the season. Initial boards include the Thomas Jefferson Building, the Library of Congress Magazine, the Library of Congress Shop, the National Book Festival, vintage travel posters, baseball and The Star-Spangled Banner, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.
New boards and additional content will be added regularly. All Library of Congress content on Pinterest is free and downloadable and is also available at www.loc.gov.
The Pinterest account joins other social-media platforms, including YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and Facebook.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.