September 22, 2014

The Library of Congress and CLIR Release National Recording Preservation Plan

From a LC Announcement: The Library of Congress today unveiled “The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan,” a blueprint for saving America’s recorded sound heritage for future generations. The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy […]

Library of Congress Adds Congressional Record and CBO Cost-Estimate Reports to Congress.gov Beta

The Library of Congress has announced that they’ve added direct searchable access to the Congressional Record (112th Congress – Present) along with Cost-Estimate Reports from the Congressional Budget Office to the Congress.gov beta release. Congress.gov will eventually replacement for the THOMAS.gov site. The beta was launched in September 2012. Today’s News: Congressional Record The Congressional […]

Seth MacFarlane’s Generosity Allows Library of Congress to Acquire Personal Papers of Carl Sagan

From LC: The Library of Congress has acquired the personal papers of American astronomer, astrobiologist and science communicator Carl Sagan (1934-1996). A celebrated scientist, educator, television personality and prolific author, Sagan was a consummate communicator who bridged the gap between academe and popular culture. The Sagan collection has come to the Library through the generosity […]

Library of Congress Acquires Large Collection of Recorded Interviews With Music Superstars

From Today’s Announcement: More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat—he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. The Library of Congress announced today that Smith has donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the […]

Librarian of Congress Appoints Natasha Trethewey Poet Laureate

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From LC: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Natasha Trethewey as the Library’s Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2012-2013. Trethewey, the 19th Poet Laureate, will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work on Thursday, September 13 in […]

New Science Reference Guide from LC: “Bioterrorism & Bio-Weapons: Curator’s Choice”

This recently published Science Reference Guide from the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. It was compiled by Tomoko Y. Steen, Ph.D The guide provides citations and links to resources in three categories: Books Technical Reports Internet Resources See Also: Links to All Science Reference Guides

U.S. Copyright Office Posts Requests for Information About Crowdsourcing and Developing a “Virtual Card Catalog” of Historical Records

The U.S. Copyright Office (part of The Library of Congress) has posted TWO Requests For Information (RFI) . The first is RFI is to learn about utilizing crowdsourcing to capture data from historical catalog cards dating from 1870 to 1977. The second RFI is to learn about purchasing or developing software for a  “virtual card catalog” […]

More Tennessee Newspapers Available Online through ‘Chronicling America’ Project

From the Tennessee Secretary of State: Thanks to a recent partnership with the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Tennessee, dozens of Tennessee newspaper titles have been scanned, indexed, and posted on the Internet. The focus is on papers from the Civil War era. All three of the […]

Library of Congress Releases New Online Collection of Rare Garden Images

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From the Announcement: The Library of Congress today is releasing online the digital images of a rare collection of more than 1,000 hand-colored, glass-plate lantern slides of American gardens taken a century ago by one of the first professional female photographers to achieve international prominence, Frances Benjamin Johnston. A selection of 250 color images can […]