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Latest News: Library & Royal Archives Plan Joint Exhibit

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:48:47 -0500

The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).

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Latest News: NLS Rolls Out New Digital Initiatives

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:21:29 -0500

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is enhancing its ability to serve its patrons through several major technological initiatives being advanced this summer. NLS is launching a new and improved website and a new multimedia education campaign—both designed to raise awareness of NLS’s remarkable free services.

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Latest News: Tony Bennett Is Gershwin Prize Honoree

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:02:53 -0500

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Latest News: Tracy K. Smith Named Poet Laureate

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:07:38 -0500

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-2018.

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Latest News: Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives Online Now

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:12:35 -0500

The Library of Congress today announced two new born-digital collections are now available on loc.gov – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

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Latest News: Letters About Literature Winners

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:08:39 -0500

Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.

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Latest News: Summer Teacher Institutes

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:30:05 -0500

Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June through August.

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Latest News: Library of Congress Welcomes Junior Fellows

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:02 -0500

The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff during this 10-week paid summer experience.

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Latest News: Sanborn Insurance Maps Online

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:00:06 -0500

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.

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Latest News: Seattle Organization Wins NLS Honor

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:05:04 -0500

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, has named the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) of Seattle as the Network Library of the Year for 2016.  

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Latest News: Online Catalog Records Released

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:59:12 -0500

The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download in the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.

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Latest News: FEDLINK Federal Library Awards

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:53:46 -0500

The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, scholarly communities and the American public.

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Latest News: Library Combines Youth Reading Programs

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:45:32 -0500

The Library of Congress is combining its two reading and writing programs for young people – A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature. The move will enable the Library to better leverage its resources, to brand the programs more consistently and to encourage greater participation in these long-running programs.

The Library today kicks off its annual summer contest, now titled A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature. The program will still target rising 5th- and 6th-grade students and will be managed in collaboration with libraries in six states as in past years. Winners will be honored at the 2017 National Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 2.

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Latest News: The Library Has A New Book

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:33:04 -0500

A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books.

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Latest News: World War I Exhbition Opens

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:09:52 -0500

The Library of Congress today opens a major exhibition to commemorate the centennial of World War I. “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I” tells the stories of Americans in the war, through correspondence, music, film, recorded sound, diaries, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, maps and materials from the Veterans History Project.

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Latest News: Rare Harriet Tubman Photo Among Album Treasures Acquired Through Collaboration of National Cultural Institutions

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:46:09 -0500

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress today announced the joint acquisition of an album of 44 rare photographs, including a previously unrecorded portrait of abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and the only known photograph of John Willis Menard, the first African American man elected to the U.S. Congress.

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Latest News: New National Recording Registry Picks

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:34:06 -0500

Judy Garland’s hit single “Over The Rainbow”; the original-cast album of “The Wiz”; the rap group N.W.A’s seminal album, “Straight Outta Compton”; the Eagles’ 1976 “Their Greatest Hits”; and the national anthem of black America have been designated as aural treasures worthy of preservation as part of America’s patrimony. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage.

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Latest News: New Book on Pictorial Maps

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:39:47 -0500

Designed to educate, amuse, or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography. A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and proliferation from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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Latest News: New Chief for European Division

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:27:34 -0500

Grant Harris has been appointed chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress.

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Latest News: Library Acquires Adelman Archives

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:26:16 -0500

The Library of Congress today announced the acquisition of the archives of Bob Adelman, one of the best-known photographers of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Watch a live announcement event on YouTube at 2 p.m. ET on March 20.




Latest News: Applications Open for Teacher-in-Residence

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:50:27 -0600

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current world history or world geography teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2017-18 school year.

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Latest News: New Chief for Geography and Map Division

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:22:53 -0600

Paulette Marie Hasier has been appointed chief of the Geography and Map Division at the Library of Congress.

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Latest News: Sánchez Named Law Librarian

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:40:25 -0600

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Jane Sánchez, the chief of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress, has been named Law Librarian of Congress, effective Feb. 5.

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Latest News: Literacy Award Nominations Open

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:15:08 -0600

Award-winning author and literacy advocate Stephen King helped the Library of Congress today launch its call for nominations for the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

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Latest News: New Scholars at Kluge Center

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:55:56 -0600

Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.

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