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What Does the Librarian of Congress Do?

11 hours agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Presiding over the world's largest library isn't easy.

Dr. Gridlock: Streets closed because someone left a bag outside the Library of Congress

Streets around the U.S. Capitol are closed as police check out a bag left unattended outside the Library of Congress.Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for U.S. Capitol Police, said the bag was spotted about 1:15 p.m. She said that two...Show More Summary

Saying Goodbye to New Music Tuesdays: A Day of Remembrance for a Day That Didn't Really Matter

Commodore Record Shop, August 1947 by William P. Gottlieb, via Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons There are some very exciting albums coming out this Tuesday, June 30, serious album of the year contenders from Vince Staples and Miguel, as well as new releases from big names like Neil Young. Show More Summary

Canadian Resources Added to Law Library of Congress Indigenous Law Portal

Earlier this month, the Law Library of Congress in Washington announced that it has added Canadian aboriginal law resources to its Indigenous Law Portal:"This new segment of the portal expands our coverage for the first time beyond the...Show More Summary

Corbis will cheerfully charge you up the wazoo for public domain images

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The point of the public domain is that anyone can do anything with it, including sell it, so in a way, it makes sense that the Corbis image-library is full of high-priced Library of Congress images. Read the rest

? Listen: TT The Artist and Schwarz - “2 Much Junk In My Trunk (Thong Song)”

“The Thong Song” was released as the second single for Unleash the Dragon Feburary 15, 2000 – Sisqó’s future contribution to the Library of Congress. 15 years later and “The Thong Song” is still THE thong song. There will never be another thong song. Show More Summary

The Greatest Pie Fight in Cinematic History Has Been Found

Over the weekend, it was quietly announced at the Library of Congress’ festival of “unidentified, underidentified, or misidentified films” that one of the most deeply mourned lost treasures in film history has reappeared. As reported...Show More Summary

Comprehensive Index of Legal Reports by Law Library of Congress

The Law Library of Congress in Washington has compiled a comprehensive index of legal reports it has produced:"The legal research reports listed below by topic provide commentary and recommended resources on issues and events. These reports are provided for reference purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Show More Summary

ALA Questions Bid for Independent Copyright Office

Topic: Legal Issues Library Of Congress Via Publishers Weekly: The American Library Association is joining a chorus of Internet and tech businesses in questioning a proposal to remove the U.S. Copyright Office from the purview of the Library of Congress, and to establish it as its own independent agency.

Much Maligned And Under Pressure, Library Of Congress Chief Retires

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“In a 2013 audit, the library’s inspector general warned that millions of items, some from as far back as the 1980s, remained piled in overflowing buildings and warehouses, virtually lost to the world. In addition, just a small fraction of its 24 million books are available to read online, 200 years after Thomas Jefferson laid […]

In Writing News: We Have a New Poet Laureate, and Yes, Joyce Carol Oates Knows What a Triceratops Is

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Poet laureates get to hang out at the Library of Congress and write poems. I'd write about the ceilings all day long. Alexey Rotanov / Shutterstock.com • Hey Everyone, We Have a New Poet Laureate! Juan Felipe Herrera is the first Mexican-American...Show More Summary

John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress celebrates 15 years with scholarly reunion

Think of it as speed dating for the intelligentsia. The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress celebrated its 15th anniversary Thursday with a series of “Lightning Conversations” that featured almost 70 scholars from more than 600 who have been associated with the global research center. Dubbed ScholarFest, the event featured established academics […]

Who Will Be Appointed as Next Librarian of Congress

Topic: Library Of Congress The President, in this case, Barack Obama, appoints the Librarian of Congress. Here's the statute about that particular appointment. Should it be a presidential appointment? Should the next office holder have a degree in Library Science (Mr. Show More Summary

Juan Felipe Herrera Appointed Poet Laureate

On Wednesday, June 10, outgoing Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Juan Felipe Herrera the library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2015–2016. Herrera, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN USA National Poetry Award, and the International Latino Book Award, among numerous other honors, is the first Hispanic poet […]

New Job Opportunity at Library of Congress: Must Know How to Use Internet

Dr. James H. Billington said on Wednesday that he will retire from his role as Librarian of Congress at the end of the year. Billington, who is 86, was nominated to take the job by President Reagan in 1987. His colleagues, who have been complaining about Billington for some time,... More »

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Librarian of Congress James Billington will retire

2 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

James Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the world’s largest library for nearly three decades, will step down at the end of the year.

Juan Felipe Herrera becomes first Latino to be named US poet laureate by Library of Congress

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A writer of Latino descent was named US poet laureate on Wednesday — a first for the country’s booming Hispanic community. Juan Felipe Herrera, a Californian of Mexican descent, got the prestigious nod from the Library of Congress, America’s oldest and the world’s biggest....

Librarian of Congress to step down after nearly 3 decades

Topic: Librarians ames Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the world’s largest library for nearly three decades and brought it into the digital age, announced Wednesday that he will step down at year’s end. The Library of Congress said Billington, 86, will retire on Jan. Show More Summary

Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate

Press release from the Library of Congress, June 10, 2015: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the Library’s 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2015-2016. Herrera will take up his...

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