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What Books Are on the Librarian of Congress' Nightstand?

Topic: Librarians Library Of Congress From the New YorkTimes Books, LOC's Dr. Carla Hayden finds she needs more space than just a nightstand to keep up with her reading. "I do have books on my night stand, but I have recently had to add three bookcases in my room because it was getting too crowded. Show More Summary

By the Book: Carla Hayden: By the Book

The librarian of Congress, who wrote the foreword to “The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures,” likes to read about the nature of things, most recently, books on mahogany and the history of redheads.

Tracy K. Smith Is America's New Poet Laureate

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of creative writing, is the next poet laureate of the United States. Carla Hayden, the standing Librarian of Congress, announced Wednesday that she has appointed Smith as the nation’s next poet. Show More Summary

The Librarian of Congress Weighs In on Why Card Catalogs Matter

The tech is gone, but it’s not forgotten. Carla Hayden explains why

New Bills Would Let President, not Librarian of Congress, Name Copyright Register

A bill empowering the president to appoint the next Register of Copyrights, which would effectively remove jurisdiction over the position from the Librarian of Congress, sailed through the House of Representatives 378–48 on April 26 and will now continue to the Senate. Show More Summary

House Votes to Limit Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress

Topic: Librarians Library Of Congress From Black Press USA (but few other sources) comes news that limits the responsibilities and the tenure of the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden. The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office,...Show More Summary

Do You Remember the Card Catalogue?

4 months agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden looks backward and forward as libraries try to keep pace with rapidly advancing technology.

Library of Congress Hosts Bibliodiscotheque

On May 6, the Library of Congress (LC) was transformed into a disco for one night. Librarians from the Washington, DC, area (as well as 23 other states, Australia, Mexico, and Switzerland) dressed up in their finest ’70s vintage duds and danced the night away under a mirror ball in the Great Hall of LC’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Show More Summary

Gloria Gaynor turns the Library of Congress into a disco inferno

Go-go boys in gold lamé shirts, sequin-bedecked grandmothers and the freshest-looking librarians you’ve ever met made up the unlikely crowd dancing into the night at the Library of Congress’s first after-hours party on Saturday. Billed as a celebration of the history of dicso, “Bibliodiscotheque” featured a symposium hosted by singer Gloria Gaynor and Librarian of […]

The Library Of Congress's Porn Collection (And How It Came To Define Obscenity)

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Libraries will often have a restricted collection—a locked case, a unit of shelving behind the circulation desk, or a special room—that requires readers to obtain permission from a librarian to view the books within. Very often the restricted materials contain explicit adult content or valuable illustrations. During and after World War II the Library of […]

Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue

In the late 19th century, Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the sixth Librarian of Congress, went looking through America’s early newspapers for the the earliest notice of a lottery he could find. What he found had been published in February 1720, in the American Weekly Mercury. Show More Summary

Wannabes: TMSIDK Episode 15

Tim Harford, Carla Hayden and Rahmein Mostafavi are panelists. The "Undercover Economist," the Librarian of Congress and the comedian join TMSIDK in Washington, D.C. — the city that wants to be a state — to learn about wannabes, from international spies to new human organs. Femi Oke is fact-checker. The post Wannabes: TMSIDK Episode 15 appeared first on Freakonomics.

Support Copyright Office Legislation And Call Congress

Here Chris Castle urges readers to support new bipartisan legislation making the Librarian of Congress a presidential appointment, as well as bringing about several other badly needed fixes to the position. ______________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy I don’t often ask MTP readers for their vote,...

The (Surprisingly Complicated) History Of Catalog Cards At The Library Of Congress

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Librarians spent decades figuring out how to best organize its constantly growing collections, which would render systems dated as their contents reflected new industries, and thus required new vocabularies. Heads butt over how to organize the stacks; casual rivalries even arose between librarians who had different visions."

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Jane Sánche named Law Librarian of Congress; Denise Stephens to become Vice Provost and University Librarian at Washington University, St. Louis; Lisa Wells is the new Executive Director of Pioneer Library System, OK; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the March 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Interview With Law Library of Congress Legal Reference Librarian Theresa Reiss

In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress in Washington, has been running an interview series featuring members of the library staff. The series started in late October 2010.The most recent interview is with TheresaShow More Summary

The Librarian of Congress and the Greatness of Humility

In Memorial Hall in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress, eight quotes of Madison’s are carved into the wall and painted in gold leaf. Like so much of our forebears’ wisdom, his words feel unusually relevant now. “THE...Show More Summary

Last Chance To Tell The Librarian Of Congress What's Important For A New Register Of Copyrights

8 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The (still) new Librarian of Congress created a bit of a fuss last year in effectively forcing the existing Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, (the head of the US Copyright Office) out of a job. Pallante has since (of course) found...Show More Summary

Reminder: Provide Input on Register of Copyrights

Let the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, know what you want out of the Register of Copyrights position. Participate in the online survey by January 31, 2017.  If you need some help with what to say in the survey, the Illustrators’...Show More Summary

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