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Innovator in Residence Program

Jer Thorp's "Library of Colors"

The search for the 2023 Innovator in Residence is now closed. Questions can be emailed to the Library's Contracts and Grants Directorate at


We have selected Jeffrey Yoo Warren as the Library's 2023 Innovator in Residence! Read more about his Residency focus on the experiment page.

Answers to the questions we received from members of the public about this opportunity are availalbe as a PDF document and on the External website.

Informational Webinars

You may wish to consult the presentation slides from past informational webinars for more information.

About the Residency

We've established a broad Innovator in Residence Program to support innovative and creative uses of our collections that showcase how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life, and imagination of the American people.

We will pay you up to $80,000 each year for a maximum of two years to do research with Library of Congress collections, produce a creative and transformative digital work for the American people, and serve as an ambassador for the Library. We anticipate the residency will take place part-time both virtually and in-person, beginning in September 2022. You will propose your own schedule for the residency as part of the application process. The unique work must be delivered within the first year. In the second year, you will promote and connect your work and Library resources with communities, continue your research, and create scaffolding materials for your work to support community interaction. Work completed in year one cannot be dependent on a second year, which is optional.

Past Innovators

  • 2021 Courtney McClellan - designed and curated Speculative Annotation, a dynamic website presenting items from the Library‚Äôs collections for students and teachers to have conversations with history through annotation.
  • 2020 Brian Foo - created the application Citizen Dj to enable the public to discover and create from LC free to use sound collections. Brian's concept paper is available at [baa link] for applicants to see.
  • 2020 Benjamin Charles Germain Lee - created a way for users to explore visual content from historic newspapers in the Chronicling America collection using machine learning.
  • 2018 Jer Thorp - applied the idea of serendipity to the scale of LC collections through the podcast "Artist in the Archive" and a suite of applications
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