Library of Congress: “Wow, it’s WordStar!” Exploring a Beloved Early Word Processor and its Many Formats

Library of Congress: “Wow, it’s WordStar!” Exploring a Beloved Early Word Processor and its Many Formats . “Over the course of our Junior Fellowship this summer, we have focused on a variety of streams of work around the Library of Congress’ Sustainability of Digital Formats website. The site contains an extensive list of commonly used file formats, wrappers, and encodings. There are thousands of these created by legacy equipment and software that present challenges in identification, preservation, and use. Among these is the file format produced by the now-defunct word processing platform WordStar.”

Library of Congress: New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America

Library of Congress: New Interactive Map and Timeline Added to Chronicling America. “The new ‘Exploring Chronicling America Newspapers’ application dynamically maps publication locations of over 3,000 digitized newspapers currently available in the Chronicling America online collection. Users can also interact with a timeline of publication dates for digitized newspapers available in Chronicling America, currently covering years between 1777-1963. “

Washington Post: Preservationists say Library of Congress makeover plan is ‘vandalism’

Washington Post: Preservationists say Library of Congress makeover plan is ‘vandalism’. “A proposed change to the ornate Main Reading Room at the Library of Congress that critics say would remove the symbolic and functional heart of the 1897 Beaux-Arts masterpiece has landed the library on the D.C. Preservation League’s 2022 list of Most Endangered Places.”

Library of Congress: The 2022 National Book Festival Lineup Reveal!

Library of Congress: The 2022 National Book Festival Lineup Reveal . “The one-day, all-day festival — Saturday, Sept. 3, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. — will feature more than 120 authors, poets and writers under the theme of ‘Books Bring Us Together.’… Can’t make it? No problem. Events on several of the stages will be livestreamed. Videos of all presentations will be made available on demand shortly after the festival.” I

The Register: We need a Library of Congress – but for the digital world

The Register: We need a Library of Congress – but for the digital world. “There’s a good reason why thoughtful technologists find emulation exciting. One of the real intellectual thrills is that it preserves the exact experience of using vintage software, going back to the very first days of commercial computing. It’s like going to a museum to see a Model T Ford, only to find there’s an infinite supply of them, fueled up and ready to go, waiting for you in a period-perfect replica of a 1920s Detroit suburb. There is not a single museum director who wouldn’t put their grandmother in a glass case to offer that sort of experience for their visitors, and we techies can just whistle it up.”

Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: Why Web Archiving?: A Conversation with Web Archivists and Researchers. “On May 23, the Library of Congress hosted ‘#WhyWebArchiving: Preserving Internet Content for Research Use,’ a virtual event that brought together Library subject experts actively involved in building web archives with researchers that have utilized the Library’s web archives in their work…. A video recording of the panel is now available online, and you can also read about some of the highlights here.”

Library of Congress: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Second Round of Grant Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education Institutions

Library of Congress: Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Second Round of Grant Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education Institutions. “Educational and cultural institutions that seek to amplify the stories of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and other communities of color by using the Library’s digital collections are invited to apply for the second round of grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.”

Library of Congress: New Article Explores Preservation and Access to Two Historical Literary Audio Archives

Library of Congress: New Article Explores Preservation and Access to Two Historical Literary Audio Archives. “Following the presentation and great enthusiasm about working with one another, the same colleagues–along with Marcus Nappier from the Digital Content Management Section–were invited to publish a longer article, ‘Eighty years of literary audio archives at the Library of Congress: Preserving collections from the physical to digital,’ that outlined the rich history of the audio archives, and provided more details on the the digital preservation workflows to make these resources available on loc.gov and the digital preservation practices ensuring the longevity of these assets.”

Library of Congress: What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Memorial Day Weekend 2022

Library of Congress: What’s new online at the Library of Congress – Memorial Day Weekend 2022. “Interested in learning more about what’s new in the Library of Congress’ digital collections? The Signal now shares out semi-regularly about new additions to publicly-available digital collections and we can’t wait to show off all the hard work from our colleagues from across the Library. Read on for a sample of what’s been added recently and some of our favorite highlights.”

Library of Congress: Live and In Person! Come to the 2022 National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3

Library of Congress: Live and In Person! Come to the 2022 National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3. “The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival website is live. With the launch of this year’s site, you can explore past National Book Festivals, prep for the Festival with helpful information and more. If you can’t join us in Washington, D.C. this September, a selection of programs will be livestreamed, and video of all presentations can be viewed online after the Festival concludes.”

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference

Library of Congress: Registration Now Open for IIPC’s 2022 Web Archiving Conference. “We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2022 Web Archiving Conference! The event, which the Library of Congress is hosting in partnership with the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) will be held virtually on May 23-25, 2022. The conference is free and open to everyone with an interest in web archiving, but space is limited so we recommend registering now to reserve your spot.”

Library of Congress: Library to Celebrate Joy Harjo’s Three Terms as U.S. Poet Laureate with Reading, Dance Party and Retreat

Library of Congress: Library to Celebrate Joy Harjo’s Three Terms as U.S. Poet Laureate with Reading, Dance Party and Retreat. “The Library of Congress will celebrate Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, as her three terms in the position come to a conclusion with two public programs at the end of April.” The closing event takes place tomorrow night (Thursday, April 28) and will be livestreamed.