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Carla Hayden will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. in the Great Hall of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 14. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan will offer remarks.Hayden will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Librarian of Congress. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.The feed begins at 11 a.m. EDT here, and the ceremony begins at noon EDT.
The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress, in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has named five members to the 2016-2017 class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards today at the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala. The winners are WETA Reading Rockets of Arlington, Virginia; the Parent-Child Home Program of Garden City, New York; and Libraries Without Borders of Paris, France.Click here for more information.
The 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival was notable for several debuts – the first major public appearance of newly-sworn-in Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, and the festival debut of best-selling author Stephen King, who was recognized for his contributions to literacy.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliographic Societies and the Grolier Club have announced the winners of the National Collegiate Book-Collecting Contest.Click here for more information.
Historian, author, librarian and presidential speechwriter Edward L. (Ted) Widmer, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and a senior fellow and adjunct professor of history at Brown University, has been appointed director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.Click here for more information.
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera today announced the launch of Herrera’s second-term projects—an online narrative poem for second and third graders; a collaboration with high-school English teachers at Chicago Public Schools to create strategies for teaching poetry; and a writing lab in Fresno, California.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that the historic and architecturally beautiful Ceremonial Office in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building will be open to the public. Previously, the room was visited only by permission.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress unveiled today a new curated web presentation—"Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989"—that features speeches by 25 of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress, the Royal Collection Trust and King’s College London today signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agree to share resources to aid in the digitization of the papers of King George III (1738-1820), the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, creating a new nation.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Maria Pallante as senior advisor for digital strategy and Karyn Temple Claggett as acting register of copyrights.Click here for more information.
A drawing, by a team of Puerto Rican students, of a 19th-century health institution in Puerto Rico, Lazaretto Isla de Cabras, is the 2016 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and National Park Service announced today.Click here for more information.
Karen D. Lloyd has been appointed director of the Veterans History Project, a program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2016 prize will be awarded in winter 2017.Click here for more information.
Published by the Library of Congress in association with Oak Knoll Press, "Fabriano: City of Medieval and Renaissance Papermaking" by Sylvia Rodgers Albro describes the role that this Italian city played in the craft.Click here for more information.
The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert of his greatest hits.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.Click here for more information.
To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, businesses, researchers, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2016.Click here for more information.
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2017 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program— a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline is January 27, 2017.Click here for more information.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance. This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling the pageantry of drag balls in New York City, and a collection of home movies showcasing African-American life in Oklahoma during the 1920s.Click here for more information.
The 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, Juan Felipe Herrera, has selected poet Ray Gonzalez for the 2017 Witter Bynner Fellowship.Click here for more information.
A new selection of 28 posters, prints, drawings and photographs is now on display in the ongoing Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War.” Click here for more information.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, today released BARD Express, a Windows-based software program that will aid in the use of the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) service.Click here for more information.