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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that she has appointed Kate Zwaard as the Library’s director of digital strategy, a position Hayden established to elevate the institution’s digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives. Click here for more information.
The papers of American scientist, statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The Library announced the digitization today in remembrance of the anniversary of Franklin’s death on April 17, 1790.Click here for more information.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online—for the first time—musical manuscripts and scrapbooks from the legendary composer’s personal and professional archives housed in the nation’s library. Click here for more information.
library of congressNew on the WebApril 3, 2018SubscribeBaseball Scouting Reports of Branch Rickey Now OnlineInterior dome of the Main Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson BuildingBaseball scouting reports of one of the most famous baseball executives and scouts in history, Branch Rickey, who was also responsible for helping Jackie Robinson successfully break Major League Baseball's color line, have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. The archive was digitized in time for Major League Baseball's new season and for the Library's new exhibition “Baseball Americana” opening June 29.Click here for more information.
Tony Bennett’s hit single, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; the Latin beat of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine’s 1987 “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”; the timeless soundtrack of “The Sound of Music”; Run-DMC’s 1986 crossover hit album “Raising Hell”; and radio coverage of the birth of the U.N. have been honored for their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the American soundscape. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these recordings and 20 other titles to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress as aural treasures worthy of preservation.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Tracy K. Smith to serve a second term as the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2018-2019. During her second year, Smith will expand her outreach efforts to rural communities and unveil a new anthology to be published in the fall.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today announced that up to $950,000 will be provided to one or more organizations to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civics for use in K-12 classrooms.Click here for more information.
Laurie Neider has been named executive director of the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress.Click here for more information.
A new book presents a survey of the often-neglected artistic achievements of women in cartooning and illustration, featuring more than 250 color illustrations, comic strips and political cartoons, including original art from the collections of the Library of Congress. In “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists,” Martha H. Kennedy, curator of popular and applied graphic art, presents a comprehensive look at the trailblazing artists whose work was long overlooked in the male-dominated field from the late 19th century into the 21st century.Click here for more information.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. The awards honor innovative organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. Cash prizes for three winning applicants range from $50,000 to $150,000. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has conserved and digitized an album containing 48 rare photographs dating to the 1860s – including a previously unrecorded portrait of Harriet Tubman and images of other abolitionists – and the album will be exhibited for the first time at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture later this year.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current performing arts or visual arts teachers for a teacher-in-residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2018-2019 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/newsevents. Applications are due by Monday, April 9.Click here for more information.
library of congressHours of OperationFebruary 15, 2018SubscribeLibrary CLOSED Friday, March 2Interior dome of the Main Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson BuildingDue to inclement weather, all Library of Congress buildings are CLOSED today, Friday, March 2. All reading rooms and public spaces are closed, and public events at the Library scheduled for today are canceled.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library today announced a monthly reading program for young readers at the Library of Congress.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) today launched a major outreach campaign to educate the public about the free services it provides to U.S. residents and American citizens abroad with visual impairments and other disabilities.As part of the campaign, a commercial, called “Magical Moments,” will air on cable TV stations and radio nationwide. It is the next—and most ambitious—step in the NLS multimedia educational campaign that began in June 2017 with digital outreach on internet search engines and Facebook.Click here for more information.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.Click here for more information.
A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story the nation’s library can uniquely tell, showcasing items that cannot be found anywhere else.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.Click here for more information.
A new book, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide.Click here for more information.
library of congressNews from the Library of CongressDecember 27, 2017Collage of Library-related imagesMake Your Gift Before the End of 2017The Library's resolution for 2018 is to offer moreopportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasuresand programs. Makeyour gift before we close the books on 2017! Your gift can: Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our firstLibrarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their livesIgnite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations ofstudents and scholars Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communitiesWith the help of supporters like you, we can spark theimagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library's doorswide to all.Join us TODAY by making your2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we'll spark a lifelongadventure of learning. Thank you!SusanK. SiegelDirectorof Development DONATE NOW
The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2018 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of a band of misfits.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century.Click here for more information.