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.