The Library of Congress (LOC) has established itself as one of the leading institutions making use of social media to engage audiences and build community. And they have made great strides since January 2008 when they first began their Flickr Commons pilot. They have since launched a blog, a Facebook Page, YouTube and iTunes channels, and a Twitter account which claims over 13,000 followers. Most recently they have begun experimenting with the Semantic Web/Linked Data and cloud computing. I was fortunate enough to have a chance to chat with three of their librarians about these initiatives.
The first set of questions were posed to Michelle Springer, a project manager of digital initiatives within the LOC’s Office of Strategic Initiatives. She oversees the Library’s Flickr pilot project, and has responsibility for the development and inter/intra-agency coordination of institutional policies related to social media pilots.