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LoC: Women’s History on Pinterest

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“March is designated as Women’s History Month and this year the National Women’s History Project has selected “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” as the theme. To help commemorate Women’s History Month, the Library of Congress has created a Pinterest Board that offers a visual celebration of the diverse stories of women in the United States.” (Celebrating Women: Women’s History on Pinterest by Jennifer Harbster, Library of Congress Blog (March 17, 2015).)

  • Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women’s History Month with resources and items from the Library of Congress collections. Pinterest.

Photographs and images from the government

Government “documents” come in all shapes and sizes and formats. I have never delved much into images available from government agencies, but there are a lot and it is increasingly easy to find collections of them. The current (April 4, 2014 — Volume 20, Number 13) edition of The Scout Report, for example, describes the Public Health Image Library (PHIL) as offering an “organized, universal electronic gateway to the Center for Disease Control’s pictures.” (Note: the site cautions that it “includes subject matter that might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.”)

Even better, the PHIL web site “links” page lists many United States Federal Government “Photo Repositories.” Here is a copy of that list:

Hat tip to The Scout Report.

The day the earth smiled: Cassini spacecraft photos from Saturn’s shadow

In case you missed the news this week, here is the link to NASA’s glorious slideshow of photographs from Cassini, including one of earth as seen from Saturn.

Note: you can download these images…

EPA wants your Documerica Photos!

This is from last year, in case you missed it. (I did.):

  • Documerica Returns!, EPA blog (May 2nd, 2011).

    Almost 40 years ago, EPA’s Documerica project captured thousands of images of environmental problems and everyday life. Now it’s your turn!

    On Earth Day 2011, EPA put out a global call for current photos of life and our environment, PLUS a challenge to photograph the ‘now’ of places in Documerica. Your photo could be exhibited around the U.S. in 2012!

    Join In!
    Sign up and submit photos through Flickr!

See also:

EPA wants your environment pictures, issues public photo challenge, by Michael Cooney, Network WorldBy (01/06/12).

Library of Congress Unveils Redesigned Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

Library of Congress Unveils Redesigned Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, News from the Library of Congress, April 7, 2010.

PPOC offers access to 1.25 million digital images and to more than 600,000 records describing the collections in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division (P&P). The improved catalog can be found at www.loc.gov/pictures/.

“The new features are wonderful,” said Helena Zinkham, acting chief of P&P. “People seeking specific subjects, or just wanting to explore what’s available, can interact more easily with the picture collections. They now have the tools they’ve come to expect from other websites, like a variety of viewing options and simple sharing of what’s found, plus improved keyword access and more indexes to browse.”