News from the Library of CongressInaugurations Past, Presidential Papers and Pandemic Photo Collecting Friends,Happy 2021 to each of you! This year has already proved to be an eventful one.Like many of you, I am disappointed and disturbed by the recent unrest at the Capitol. This was one of the most significant breaches of the Capitol in its history since the War of 1812 when the building was on fire and the Library of Congress was burned as well.Following those events Thomas Jefferson sold his library to Congress, and it remains the foundation of our institution today. I am relieved to say that the Jefferson library, all of our collections, and most importantly our staff members are safe and secure.Â You can read more about how the Library of Congress survived its destruction during the War of 1812 to become the nation's â€“ and the world's â€“ pre-eminent source of knowledge and information in this past Library of Congress Magazine issue about our history (p.8).As we turn our attention to today's historic inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, Library staffers have published a number of blog posts examining inaugurations past. Find links to those below, and read about the completion of our initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. Updates on other exciting Library programs are also provided.Sincerely,Carla HaydenLibrarian of Congress Inaugurations Past & Present: Blog Posts from Around the Libraryâ€śInaugurations: Stepping into Historyâ€ť â€“ A Teacher Resource from the Library of Congress blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2021/01/inaugurations-stepping-into-history-a-teacher-resource-from-the-library-of-congress/Selected Resources for Parents on Inaugurations, the Presidency, and Civic Engagement blogs.loc.gov/families/2021/01/resources-civics-inaugurations/Weathering the Weather on Inauguration Day blogs.loc.gov/inside_adams/2021/01/inaugural-weather/Amanda Gorman Selected as President-Elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Poet blogs.loc.gov/catbird/2021/01/amanda-gorman-selected-as-president-elect-joe-bidens-inaugural-poet/Intriguing Facts about Presidential Inaugurations Past blogs.loc.gov/headlinesandheroes/2021/01/intriguing-facts-about-presidential-inaugurations-past/Presidential Inaugurations Outside of Washington, D.C.: Law and Tradition blogs.loc.gov/law/2017/01/presidential-inaugurations-outside-of-washington-d-c-law-and-tradition/Inauguration Music of Yesteryear blogs.loc.gov/music/2017/01/inauguration-music-of-yesteryear/ Panoramic Postcard of the Inauguration of President Theodore Roosevelt at the Capitol, 1905. //www.loc.gov/item/2008681169/Historic Presidential Papers DigitizedThe Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online.Read the announcement and access collections: loc.gov/item/prn-20-085/ Library Seeks Photos of Pandemic ExperiencesThe Library is collaborating with the photo-sharing site Flickr to significantly expand our documentation of American experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether you use a cell phone, a professional camera or graphic design software, we'd like to see your images of how the pandemic has affected your daily life and community.We invite you to contribute photographic and graphic art images to the Flickr group â€śCOVID-19 American Experiences.â€ť Library curators will review submissions and select images to feature in Flickr galleries and to preserve in our permanent collections.More information: blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/09/library-seeks-pictures-of-pandemic-experiences/Image credit: Family Portrait from the Covid-19 Era by Jonathan Brown on Flickr. Jan/Feb Library of Congress Magazine:The Art of the BookBooks can be more than just words on a printed page; they can be works of art in their own right. This issue of LCM explores beautiful, innovative volumes found in the Library's collections. Also, a newly acquired library offers stunning examples of book design and illustration, and a king-size scroll chronicles Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan.Download now: loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2021_0102.pdfBrowse all issues of LCM: loc.gov/lcm/ Librarians-in-Residence Program Deadline Jan. 22The deadline to submit applications for the 2021 Librarians-in-Residence program is fast approaching! This program offers early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution's vast collections.The Library will select up to seven applicants for a six-month residency to begin in June 2021. The program is open to students who will complete their master's degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library and information science program no later than June 2021 or who completed such a degree no earlier than December 2019.Read the announcement and submit an application by Jan. 22, 2021: loc.gov/item/prn-20-086/loc.gov/item/internships/librarian-in-residence/We are more grateful than ever for all that you do to keep us strong. Whether you support the Library with a gift or simply by spreading the word about what we do, you help us in our mission to connect millions of people around the world with the stories of our collective past, present, and future.If you haven't yet had a chance to give and you're in a position to donate, please consider making a gift at loc.gov/donate/.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress are excited to announce that National Digital Newspaper Program awardee partners provided more than 1.5 million pages from nearly 600 digitized newspaper titles to Chronicling America in 2020. On top of that, recent additions from partners in Rhode Island include papers from the Revolutionary War â€“ a first for the Chronicling America collection. Users can now explore digitized historic American newspapers from 1777 to 1963!Â Visit the following blog posts from the Library of Congress and the NEH to read more about some of the notable titles added in 2020 including the earliest issue now available in Chronicling America, the Newport Gazette (Newport, Rhode Island) published in January 16, 1777. â€śChronicling America Now Reaches Back to the Revolutionary Warâ€ť (NEH Preservation and Access) â€śAdditions to Chronicling America Highlight the Revolutionary War and more!â€ť (Library of Congress)Â Read more about it!
November News from the Library of CongressNovember is Native American Heritage Month What started at the turn of the century as an effort to create a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a month being designated for that purpose.The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans with this joint web portal highlighting collections, resources and events: nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/Â Living Nations, Living WordsEarlier this month, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to a third term, making Harjo the second laureate to receive this extension since terms for the position were established in 1943.During her third term, Harjo will focus on her signature project, â€śLiving Nations, Living Words,â€ťÂ a digital project that maps 47 contemporary Native American poets across the country. The map connects to a new online audio collection developed by Harjo and housed in the Library's American Folklife Center, which features the participating poets reading and discussing an original poem.Read the announcement: Â loc.gov/item/prn-20-075/?loclr=ealn Everyday Mysteries: Sweet Potato vs. YamJust in time for Thanksgiving, tackle an important question â€“ what's is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? You can find out the answer to this question and other everyday mysteries by checking out fun science facts from the Library of Congress!Discover the Answer: loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/item/what-is-the-difference-between-sweet-potatoes-and-yams/?loclr=ealnEveryday Mysteries: loc.gov/everyday-mysteries/?loclr=ealn New Virtual Series: Behind the BookIf you have ever wondered how a book goes from rough manuscript to published masterpiece and how an author rises from obscurity to fame, then a new series of programs from the Library of Congress is just for you. The new series, Behind the Book, provides a behind-the-scenes view of the world of American book publishing, highlighting the editors, designers, publicists, agents and publishers who make the books that win prizes and endure.Â Series announcement and schedule: loc.gov/item/prn-20-078/?loclr=ealn 12/3 Webinar: "Influenza and Covid19: What To Expect This Winter"The Library of Congress' Health Services Division and Science, Technology and Business Division invite you to participate in a webinar, â€śInfluenza and Covid19: What should we expect this winter?â€ť featuring international experts on infectious disease outbreaks, epidemiology and modeling.Â This webinar, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m., requires advance registration, which is limited to 1,000 participants. You can submit questions in advance for the panelists using the Ask A Librarian service. When submitting questions, please indicate that it is for the December 3 webinar.Register Now Library of Congress MagazineExceptional photographs communicate with viewers in a universal language to inspire, provoke, educate. In the November/December 2020 issue of LCM, Library of Congress curators and reference librarians choose great photographs from Library collections that have inspired them, including images from the dawn of the photography to the present day.Download Magazine: https://loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2020_1112.pdf Library Seeks Applicants for the 2021 Junior Fellows Summer Internship ProgramThe Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program, which will run fromÂ May 24 â€“ July 30, 2021. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For the second year in a row, the internship will be conducted virtually.Â The deadline to apply isÂ Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Students can learn more information or apply to the program by visitingÂ loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program/.
Cakes, candy and goblin eggs! Did you know that every third Tuesday of the month you can join institutions participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program in highlighting and sharing articles and images found in Chronicling America in a Twittter-based #ChronAmParty? Each month the NDNP participants nominate and select a theme for that month, usually related to a heritage celebration or nearby event or holiday.Â The day of the â€śpartyâ€ť each institution decides when and how to tweet their discoveries using the Twitter hashtag #ChronAmParty to link them together. This month the theme was #HalloweenTreats which produced some interesting and fun highlights including jack-o-lantern treats, recipes, decoration ideas, ads and more. Sixteen different institutions tweeted their selections throughout the day resulting in 85 tweets overall! Next month, follow along using the hashtag #ChronAmParty and retweet or tweet your own! But watch out or the Goblinsâ€™ll Get You! Read more about it!Â
Seeing Editors: Metadata, Machine Learning, and the Shapes of Social JusticeSponsored by the National Digital Newspaper Program, this online panel discussion will present the efforts of a multi-disciplinary team to learn about the editors behind newspapers on Chronicling America. How do we locate the hidden labor of editors, especially in newspapers that fought for social justice?Each panelist will share their complementary projects, taking the multiethnic press of Louisiana as a test case. Joshua Ortiz Baco will speak about his work with the title essays to illuminate women and people of color who worked as editors. Jim Casey and Sarah Salter will share an excerpt from their ongoing work to develop critical methods for reading the collaborative craft of editing as a language of its own. Benjamin Lee will present his recent Library of Congress Labs Innovator-in-Residence project, the Newspaper Navigator, as a way to explore the visual patterns of historical newspapers using machine learning. Across each presentation, uncovering the history of editors through Chronicling America offers a way to learn how people in the past used the press to wrestle with difficult political questions and to advocate for justice for their communities.After the panelistsâ€™ presentation, we intend to open the event up to an approximately 40-minute Question and Answer segment. The moderator, NEH Senior Program Officer Molly Hardy, will take questions over the chat, and then will field them to the panelists who will then respond.Please join us Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT. Pre-registration is not required.Â
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced 2020 National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) funding for institutions representing 6 states to expand their selection and digitization of U.S. historic newspapers for contribution to theÂ freely available Chronicling America online collection, hosted by the Library of Congress. State projects receiving continued funding include the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Alaska State Library, Juneau; State Historical Society of Colorado, Denver; Maine State Library, Augusta; University of Maryland, College Park; and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Check out the full list of grants for details. Since 2005, cultural institutions in 50 states and territories have joined the program, jointly sponsored by the NEH and LOC, and contributed more than 16 million digitized historical American newspaper pages, published between 1789 and 1963 in 20 different languages, to the collection.Learn more about the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) or explore American history through Chronicling America and read more about it! Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!!
Newspaper Navigator Announced: Extracting Photos, Maps, and Comics from over 16 Million Newspaper Pages!May 14, 2020Last week the Library of Congress Labs team shared some exciting news about the first phase of the Newspaper Navigator project. Led by Ben Lee, Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, Newspaper Navigator uses machine learning techniques to extract visual content such as photographs, illustrations, maps, and cartoons from the 16+ million pages in Chronicling America.Read more about the project on the Signal Blog and consult Ben's repo, which includes code, a whitepaper, and demos, all available without restriction. Stay up to date on the project by visiting the Newspaper Navigator project page.
Friends,I hope that you are taking care or yourselves and your families as we settle into a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During these challenging times, the Library of Congress buildings remain closed to the public with all public events currently canceled through May 11. However, while our physical doors may be closed, we are still here for you.The Libraryâ€™s vast online resources offer unlimited opportunities to discover something new for families, educators, researchers and anyone curious enough to join us.Our dedicated and talented Library staff remain hard at work, remotely expanding online collections, cataloging, registering Copyrights and advising Congress, while also developing new virtual events and offerings that offer new ways to engage. Below you will find just a few ways that you can continue to find excellent programs and content from the Library.Thank you for your support of the Library of Congress, and we invite you to continue to (virtually) engage with us safely at home. Visit our web site for full, up-to-date information about our response to COVID-19.Sincerely,Carla Hayden, Librarian of CongressEngage!Childrenâ€™s author and illustrator Dav Pilkey shares new activities and exciting videos every Friday. DETAILS: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-026/Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young Peopleâ€™s Literature, shares his passion for storytelling through a new monthly GRAB THE MIC newsletter and "Write. Right. Rite.," a twice-weekly "Grab the Mic" video series. DETAILS: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-028/Poets Laureate Joy Harjo, Robert Pinsky, Natasha Trethewey and Juan Felipe Herrera talk to Ron Charles of The Washington Post about "The Poetry of Home" in a series for National Poetry Month. DETAILS: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-029/Find more ways to engage with authors you love and connect to the Libraryâ€™s resources from anywhere in the world on this new, frequently-updated page: https://loc.gov/engage/Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words â€“ Visit the Exhibition OnlineVisit fascinating exhibitions online including our current exhibition on Rosa Parks which showcases rarely seen materials that offer an intimate view of Rosa Parks and documents her life and activismâ€”creating a rich opportunity for viewers to discover new dimensions to their understanding of this seminal figure.https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/rosa-parks-in-her-own-words/about-this-exhibition/For Educators: Classroom Materials & Online Office HoursThe Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. https://loc.gov/teachers/Join Library of Congress education specialists for 20-minute topical presentations followed by Q&A every Tuesday and Thursday 2-3 p.m. ET. https://loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/office-hours/Explore Digital CollectionsDive into the Libraryâ€™s digital collections to explore just about any topic imaginable. Click through historical portraits and cityscape photographs, listen to sound recordings and oral histories, study American history and world cultures, discover local history and folklife traditions, explore maps, music, manuscripts and so much more. With digitized collections of more than 2.4 million items, itâ€™s all at your fingertips.https://loc.gov/collections/Coronavirus Resource GuideThis is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. It also includes links to the Library's Congressional Research Service reports that provide information to Congress about the novel coronavirus. In addition, we provide links to relevant federal agency websites. https://blogs.loc.gov/law/2020/03/coronavirus-resource-guide/Ask a Librarian â€“ Weâ€™re Open for (Online) BusinessMost of the Libraryâ€™s reference librarians are now teleworking in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Â But our Ask a Librarian service remains open! Submit questions to receive research or reference help.More: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/03/ask-a-librarian-were-open-for-online-business/ÂSupport the LibraryThank you for being an important part of the Library of Congress family. During these difficult times, we are more grateful than ever for your support. Your generosity helps keep us strong and allows us to be ready when crises lift. Please stay safe. Visit loc.gov/donate and consider making a gift to ensure the Libraryâ€™s resources help everyone who needs them.Â