March 7, 2021

Kate Zwaard Named Chief of National Digital Initiatives at the Library of Congress

The Chief of National Digital Initiatives is a new position at LC.

From a LC Announcement:

Kate Zwaard, since 2011 the product manager for digital repository development in the Library of Congress, has been named the Library’s chief of National Digital Initiatives, effective Aug. 22.

“We look forward to Kate’s dynamic leadership as she promotes the Library’s digital presence across the country and world as the head of National Digital Initiatives,” said Colleen Shogan, deputy director of the Library’s National and International Outreach division, where the new office will be situated. “It’s a big job, but we are confident she’s up to the task.”

Zwaard said the office will seek to establish new partnerships with libraries and other cultural agencies to explore innovative uses of the Library’s extensive digital collections, such as facilitating research using large-scale data collections, and welcome new audiences.

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“We will be hosting an event in September, ‘Collections as Data,’” she said. “It’s about sharing best practices and learning from others in the community about how we can support the emerging fields of digital humanities and digital scholarship.”

Currently, most online users of the Library’s resources explore the materials one item at a time, she noted, but some research calls for “mining” large collections. National Digital Initiatives will work closely with fellows and researchers in the Library’s Kluge Center for Scholars to enable digital-resource research, she said, and explore other options for such use.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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