A visit to the Library of Congress is, I hope, on the bucket list of many Americans, either to tour the galleries and ornately decorated spaces of the Thomas Jefferson Building or to do research in any of our multiple reading rooms and research centers. However, if you can’t come to us, we will come to you – virtually! More than a thousand videos and webcasts on hundreds of topics are available for you to view through the Library of Congress website or YouTube channel, providing online access to worlds of new information.
The staff of the Prints and Photographs Division, myself included, participate in many of these video ventures, as either onscreen participants or as organizers who invite artists and experts to appear on camera to speak about their work. Through these videos, we invite viewers to learn about our collections, to gain new insight into the ways photographs and other works of art on paper can be studied and to hopefully inspire and educate in equal measure.
As an example, I recently spoke briefly about my experiences as a reference librarian and the value of research with visual materials in the Prints and Photographs Division, as seen below. My fellow blogger and Head of Reference in the Prints and Photographs Division, Barbara O. Natanson, shares a few of her favorite items in the collection and speaks about methods of exploring the meaning of an image in the second video below.
|Teacher Resource: Conversation with a Reference Librarian in the Prints & Photographs Division|
Kristi Finefield, Reference Librarian in the Prints and Photographs Division, shares highlights from her interactions with patrons and the collections. Video duration: 3 minutes.