Federal News Network: Library of Congress has a new chief for its Digital Innovation Lab

“The Library of Congress has been on a long-term quest to digitize what it can, of its collection and find new ways to connect with the public online. Now its Digital Innovation Lab has a new chief. Nicki Saylor joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin…”

“Tom Temin: All right, so what are some of the top projects the lab is working on right now that you’re going to start overseeing here?

Nicole Saylor: I’m about a month into the job, by the way, so I am brand new, but the one project that is going on right now is the Innovator in Residence program. And so we’ve had history of different people who receive residencies, and do amazing things with digital collection, you might have heard about Citizen DJ, that was a year ago, where Brian Foo did some really wonderful work with rights, free music and making it available for sampling. And so we’ve got another Innovator in Residence this year who’s doing out speculative annotation project, and that’ll be released here later this month, I believe…”

“Tom Temin: A lot of that research and doing cloud computing then is predicated on the need to digitize more and more of the collection and give us a sense of the range of items that are in the collection. People think of books in a library, but the Library of Congress has probably every known medium of all mankind.

Nicole Saylor: Right. So we have an amazing amount of digitized materials that were made from analog, right. So digitize manuscripts and notebooks and things like that we have digitized reel to reels that are now audio files, but we have an amazing amount of born digital collections. So things that have never been analog that come in to us as digital. So it ranges from well every every format you can imagine. There’s wax cylinders, and there’s born digital…” Read the full article here.

Source: Library of Congress has a new chief for its Digital Innovation Lab – By Tom Temin, July 19, 2021. Federal News Network.

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