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Jaime Mears

Jaime Mears works in the National Digital Initiatives division at the Library of Congress. She lead the planning and event coordination for the Collections as Data event and the Archives Unleashed datathon. Her professional interests include digital preservation and access, personal archiving, and teaching with primary sources. Jaime has a BA degree in English Literature from the University of Virginia and a MLS from the University of Maryland.

Hack-to-Learn at the Library of Congress

When hosting workshops, such as Software Carpentry, or events, such as Collections As Data, our National Digital Initiatives team made a discovery—there is an appetite among librarians for hands-on computational experience. That’s why we created an inclusive hackathon, or a “hack-to-learn,” taking advantage of the skills librarians already have and pairing them with programmers to mine digital collections. Hack-to-Learn took place on May 16-17 in partnership with George Mason and George Washington University Libraries.

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