Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud provides easy access to the Library Of Congress’s vast digital data, says Victoria (Tori) Scheppele

Asha Bajaj
4 min readJan 14, 2022

Washington: Centered in Library of Congress (LoC) Labs and supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) project aims to explore the benefits of a cloud computing environment in the Library can deliver its digital collections at scale.

Image of Tori. Image credit: Library of Congress

The Library of Congress’s vast collections and digitized images, audio and video recordings, websites, texts, and structured metadata. With CCHC, Victoria (Tori) Scheppele will help us in the exploration of the service models and technical infrastructure that would support researchers’ connection with this digital content in novel ways.

An interview session was held between Victoria (Tori) Scheppele, working on the CCHC, and Leah Weinryb Grohsgal, LoC’s Program Analyst and Program Advisor to the Director of Digital Strategy.

Given Below is the extract of the interview:

Leah to Tori: We’re excited that you’ve joined the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud team. What is your role with CCHC?

Tori: Thank you. So far, I have been assisting in the creation of documentation and tracking progress for the initiative by documenting cloud services workflows and their access to collections data, including via cloud-based access and storage and developing example user stories for the kinds of patrons who would be looking to work with Library data in the cloud. Besides, I assist in recording meeting minutes, tracking the progress of tasks in our JIRA board, and keeping our collaboration pages up to date

Could you tell us a bit about your professional background?

I have been working full-time in the Library as a processing technician in the Prints & Photographs Division since the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in the Science of Information. In addition, I also have an undergraduate degree in Art History. Working as an art handler at U of M’s art museum during my studies, I had internships in the curatorial department at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Toledo Museum of…

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