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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

Finding a Home: Researching Jewish Americans at loc.gov
Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Sometimes called "a nation of immigrants," the United States has been home to millions of Jews from around the globe who came to its shores seeking freedom and opportunity. Since the first arrival of thirteen Iberian Jews to New Amsterdam in 1654, Jewish immigrants and their descendants have established a richly diverse Jewish American cultural and historical legacy—one that bridges not only race, class, gender, and geography, but a broad array of occupational, political, social, and religious roles. Building on the motif of Jewish Americans finding and making their collective home, this webinar explores the wealth of primary sources on the Library of Congress website related to Jewish Americans. Please join research and reference specialists Susan Garfinkel and Sharon Horowitz for an overview and online tour of these resources, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
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American Flags, Patriotism, and Patriotic Celebrations: Resources at loc.gov
Wednesday , June 15, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Introducing loc.gov: 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 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.

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.

  • Finding a Home: Researching Jewish Americans at loc.gov

Sometimes called "a nation of immigrants," the United States has been home to millions of Jews from around the globe who came to its shores seeking freedom and opportunity. Since the first arrival of thirteen Iberian Jews to New Amsterdam in 1654, Jewish immigrants and their descendants have established a richly diverse Jewish American cultural and historical legacy—one that bridges not only race, class, gender, and geography, but a broad array of occupational, political, social, and religious roles.

A dozen years after the Library of Congress hosted a landmark exhibit, From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America, its themes of accommodation, assertion, adaptation, and acculturation still resonate. Building on the motif of Jewish Americans finding and making their collective home, this webinar explores the wealth of primary sources on the Library of Congress website related to Jewish Americans. Resources range from the papers of such prominent Jewish Americans as Leonard Bernstein and Hannah Arendt to a wealth of multimedia resources documenting the lives of everyday Jewish Americans: photographs, newspapers, narratives, sheet music, maps, play scripts, and more.  

Please join research and reference specialists Susan Garfinkel and Sharon Horowitz for an overview and online tour of these resources, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration: Please use the registration form.

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 with
speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov. Registration for the program is also required.

 

  • American Flags, Patriotism, and Patriotic Celebrations: Resources at loc.gov

Please join research specialist Elizabeth Brown for an overview and online tour timed for Flag Day and the upcoming Fourth of July.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration: Please use the registration form.

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 with
speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov. Registration for the program is also required.

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.

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

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