Thursday, August 12, 2010

Library of Congress on iDevices

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Library of Congress Gets a Mobile App

an approved application that gives mobile users access to the United States Library of Congress Experience went live in the iTunes App Store. The app is compatible with iOS 3.1 on up and will run on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

A bit on the app ...

When users download the free app, they can take a virtual tour of the library and its collections. The app joins the efforts the Library of Congress has already made at, where users can collect historical artifacts in a customized page.

Each section of the app has tabs for video, audio, pictures and related links to external sites. My iPhone 4 was able to quickly download and play a beautiful video short on Thomas Jefferson after an easy install and sync.

While the offerings on the Library of Congress are limited, relative to the immense collections housed in the main archives, students and curious citizens now have a lightweight, free options to learn more about their nation's history.


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