In this episode, Jer sits down with the 14th Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, to talk about the future of the library, the experience of the people who visit, and the potentially revolutionary technologies that might bring the Library to more people than ever. You’ll also hear a rare 1986 recording from one of Dr. Hayden and Jer’s mutual favourite authors, James Baldwin.
Recorded live in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Episode 4 features interviews with Robert Casper, Adrienne Lundgren and Kathleen O’Neil. Data performance, poetic histories, eccentric 19th century artists, x-ray forensics and chaos theory all come together as Jer explores unusual ways to navigate large spaces, filled with information.
In this episode Jer dives into what makes the Library of Congress tick. He’ll take you along on a tour of the acquisitions process, and he’ll speak to 45 year LOC veteran Beacher Wiggins about how the library and it’s operations have changed over a half century. Jer also talks to the Library’s comic book curator to get some insight into how that collection is growing and evolving, and to the Veteran’s History Project about their efforts to document the experiences of veterans past and present.
This week, Jer speaks with geographer/mathematician/curator/topologist John Hessler about what it might mean to map the Library’s holdings. We’ll also learn about how a left-handed draftsmanship contest changed veterans lives after the civil war, and we’ll take a peek into the journals of Greenwich Village impresario Izzy Young. Jer will also share some code experiments he’s been working on to map the Library’s lists of names to find polymaths - people whose careers span across many subject areas or conceptual domains.