Report: Digital Scholarship in the Library of Congress

(14 Apr 2020) In March of 2017, senior Library of Congress managers formed a cross-departmental Digital Scholarship Working Group to respond to a set of foundational questions:

  • What are the current demand and the current levels of response for digital scholarship?
  • What are potential approaches to enhancing digital scholarship support across the Library? and,
  • What would supporting digital scholarship look like in context of the Library’s collections, staff, users, and services?

The multidisciplinary group included practitioners from LC Labs, reference and cataloging librarians, managers, curators and technical staff. They collected use cases from across the Library and analyzed how collection format and availability, the ability of staff to support the requests, and existing technical workflows, tools and services affected how the requests were managed. The group also interviewed staff at other national libraries that have programs to support digital scholarship to learn more about their service models. After about a year of meeting, the working group shared their report with Library management. And now, after editing for clarity and removing personal information, we’re pleased to share a public version of the report (PDF 989KB).

Read the original post with a summary of the report here.