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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

Exploring the Africana Historic Postcard Collection
February 23, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EST
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Introducing 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 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.

Exploring the Africana Historic Postcard Collection

The African Section of the Library of Congress’s African and Middle Eastern Division has amassed a unique collection of more than 2,000 historical photographic postcards documenting an important visual record of Africa and its people during the historically intensive years of European colonialism from 1895 to 1960.  The Africana Historic Postcard Collection, newly digitized for the Library of Congress website, brings significant value to understanding sub-Saharan Africa’s colonial and cultural history: in addition to documenting the ways African life has been represented, postcard images chronicle the transformation of cultural, political and social landscapes across the African continent in this time period. Please join Angel Batiste of the Library’s African Section for an exploration of items from this unique collection, offered in conjunction with African American History Month.

Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EST
Registration: Please use the registration form.

Researchers interested in conducting remote research using the Library’s website should instead register for the monthly webinar Introducing Orientation and Research Strategies. This webinar serves as an introduction to how to access the Library’s digital collections and other free resources on the Library’s website.

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 Registration for the program is also required.

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.

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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