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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

"Laurels and Lyrics:  Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress"
Wednesday, April 1 at 11:00 am.
April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join us for a tour of the rich and varied poetry resources available on the Library of Congress website. 
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"Poetry's Catbird Seat: A History of U.S. Poets Laureate"
Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 pm.
The U.S. Poet Laureateship is the only national position dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of poetry among the American public. Join us for a National Poetry Month program that explores the history of the Poet Laureateship from its origins in the 1930s to the present.
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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.

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.

"Laurels and Lyrics:  Poetry Resources at the Library of Congress"

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, join poetry specialist Peter Armenti and the Library of Congress for a tour of the rich and varied poetry resources available on our website. 

Whether you’re a teacher, librarian, literary scholar, or an avid reader of poetry, the Library’s website has poetry-related materials that will engage and excite you. This program will introduce participants to specific poetry resources—including online initiatives launched by U.S. Poets Laureate, exhibits on famous poets, poetry webcasts and recordings, and, of course, poems themselves—while also offering search tips and strategies you can use to delve more deeply into the Library’s online poetry content.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon (Eastern Daylight Time)
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. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

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"Poetry’s Catbird Seat: A History of U.S. Poets Laureate"

The highest poetry office in the country belongs—both literally and symbolically—to the U.S. Poet Laureate. Headquartered at the Poetry and Literature Center in the attic of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, the Poet Laureateship is the only national position dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of poetry among the American public.

Join poetry specialist Peter Armenti for a National Poetry Month program that explores the history of the Laureateship from its origins in the 1930s to the present. You’ll discover why the position was created, see how its responsibilities have changed over the years, learn how the Laureate is selected, and explore some of the major initiatives and activities of Laureates past and present. The program will conclude by surveying the rise of official State Poet Laureate positions and the recent proliferation of Poets Laureate among cities, counties, schools, and in other local settings.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)
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. Registration is required. Confirmation and log on instructions will be sent via email.

Technology requirements: Participants must have access to an Internet-connected computer with speakers or a headset. There is also a telephone option for audio.

 

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.

Past Programs

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