Tag Archives: Library of Congress (LOC)

ViewShare: Free Tool for Building Interactive Digital Collections

This past April, we profiled Recollection, a software platform for digital collections that was under development by the Library of Congress. Two weeks ago the Library announced the relaunch of Recollection under a new name: ViewShare. ViewShare is free for individuals associated with cultural heritage organizations (libraries, archives, historical societies, colleges, and universities). After users request an account, they’re able to upload data to create interactive maps, charts, and timelines that can then be shared or embedded in an existing site. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

National Jukebox

The Library of Congress’s National Jukebox site is like the Pandora of the early 1900s. Visit and you can instantly stream, make playlists of, and browse through over 10,000 historical recordings from 1900 through 1925. We briefly mentioned the Jukebox in last week’s What We’re Reading, linking to The Chronicle’s article on it, but this resource impressed us so much we had to take a closer look. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

Recollection: Free Tool for Digital Collections

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress, in partnership with Zepheira LLC, is developing a free software platform called Recollection that allows users to upload their data and easily create interactive maps, charts, timelines, tag clouds and more. It’s elegantly simple, allowing users to take something like a standard spreadsheet and through a few simple clicks transform it into something else, like an interactive map. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

National Book Festival Returns to D.C.

Less than a month from now—September 25, 2010—the Library of Congress will hold its 10th annual National Book Festival on the national mall between 3rd and 7th streets. Notable historians participating this year include Nell Irvin Painter, a former member of AHA Council, and Gordon S. Wood. Article By: David Darlington

What We’re Reading: April 15, 2010

Happy Tax Day! In 2007 we took a look back at the history of the American tax tradition, but other than that the rest of today’s What We’re Reading is tax-reference free. Instead, we bring you news on the recent OAH annual meeting, deregulating oral history research, the most recent issue of Common-place, and the launch of the LOC’s redesigned online image catalog. Then, learn of new bloggers and blogs (covering NARA, the New York Times, and the dinner menu of the past), reviews of new books (on U.S. states that might have been and the African Diaspora), and a new album from the band Titus Andronicus that centers on a Civil War theme. Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Robert B. Townsend

What We’re Reading: April 8, 2010 Edition

It feels like summer in D.C. (where the AHA headquarters resides) so it seemed appropriate this week to include some links to a favorite summer sport: baseball. But first, some newsworthy items: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell revives  Confederate History Month, a recent forum discusses graduate humanities education, a grad student unearths Haiti’s Declaration of Independence, and the New York Times investigates the legality of unpaid internships (another summer staple). We also bring you two articles related to research and technology: evaluate Martha Ballard’s Diary through “topic modeling” and discover the new book2net scanner at the Library of Congress. Finally, EDSITEment takes a look at poetry this month, Curtis J. Bonk offers 30 writing tips, and the UpNext wiki holds discussions on libraries and museums. Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend