Library of Congress

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at 

The Office of Strategic Initiatives is a service unit of the Library of Congress and supports the Library’s mission in several ways: by directing the national program for long-term preservation of digital cultural assets; leading a collaborative institution-wide effort to develop consolidated plans for our digital future; and integrating the delivery of information technology services.

The staff within the Office of Strategic Initiatives bring a multitude of unique skills and abilities to their positions.  They are writers, financial specialists, operations managers, digital preservation experts, web metrics specialists – to name a few.  The skills cultivated through the University of Michigan School of Information are valuable to the Library in that they enable graduates to help promote our mission by shaping the way information and knowledge is transferred.  Many students have gained valuable hands-on experience through our internship programs.  These programs are designed to enable students to gain valuable experience by working with professionals in the field and completing substantive projects.

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