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House Votes to Make Register of Copyrights Independent of Library of Congress

16 hours agoArts / Photography : PDNPulse

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to make the register of copyrights a presidential appointee, instead of a Library of Congress employee. Called the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695), the bill passed the House yesterday by a vote of 378 to 48. Show More Summary

Wednesday Evening Open Thread: Wheels Within Wheels

@darrenbmayfield @ericgarland The Library of Congress minus Money Laundering for Dummies — Sam Ruhmkorff (@SamRuhmkorff) April 24, 2017 The Trump-friendly Enquirer has shifted away from denial of the scandal to throwing his whole campaign under the bus. Show More Summary

“We Write the Songs” annual charm-offensive unruffled by Trump policies

Members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) who performed at the "We Write the Songs" event at the Library of Congress Tuesday night, made it clear their movement is really rather nonpartisan.

Why Is Congress In Such A Rush To Strip The Library Of Congress Of Oversight Powers On The Copyright Office?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the past few weeks, we've written a few times about this weird urgency among some in Congress to rush through a pretty major change to Copyright Office oversight. I wrote a deep dive piece over at The Verge discussing the issues at...Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-23-2017

Library of Congress Reading Room Pic Note I heard about this reading room from tsrblke, who told me: It's actually not all that easy to find, you actually have to go down to the level below it, wander some...

Explore New Parts of America With These Discounted Library of Congress Prints

Even if you haven’t been to any of these places, The Library of Congress designed these prints to be more fantasy than reality anyway. From landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone to archival activity designs, these beautiful canvas prints are ready to hang, and 50% off from Fab.com. Read more...

The Fascinating History of Card Catalogs

Topic: Books Cataloging Friday Time Killers Libraries Library Of Congress Yes, according to Vox.com the history of card catalogs is weirdly fascinating. So don't disengage just yet... The Library of Congress just released a book on the...Show More Summary

Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

last weekNews : The Raw Story

“The First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 on April 25: institutions from the Library of Congress to the Grammy Museum will be honoring her amazing contributions to the jazz canon. It will be interesting to see if any tributes mention Fitzgerald’s “Wacky Dust,” her song about...

7 overlooked women writers you should be reading now

last weekArts : Art Beat

Woman reclining at a desk next to a typewriter, circa 1900. Photo by William H. Rau/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images. When author Paula Fox died in March, we wondered why we hadn’t heard more about her. Fox wrote dark,...Show More Summary

Tuesday links

On April 18, 1906, an earthquake and fire destroyed 80% of San Francisco: here’s a documentary, Library of Congress footage of the destruction, and side by side film of Market Street two weeks before the earthquake compared to afterward. The...Show More Summary

Library of Congress Classification Outline

Page 1 of 31 The Book of John – An Outline By Rev. John Daniel Johnson I. Background. A. External Evidence of Authorship. 1. Polycarp. a. He had been a Christian

Library of Congress’s youth-lit ambassador helps launch April ‘Reading Without Walls’ challenge

THIS MORNING, the Library of Congress and its current Young People’s Literature ambassador, Gene Luen Yang, will formally announce that they are launching a “Reading Without Walls” challenge that will be celebrated every April. Upon assuming his national ambassadorship last year, Yang — a two-time National Book Award finalist for “American Born Chinese” and “Boxers & Saints” […]

Library of Congress Digitizes 19th-Century Photos of Black Women Activists

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

The Library of Congress recently digitized rare 19th-century photographs of African American women active in suffrage, civil rights, temperance, education, reform, and journalism. The post Library of Congress Digitizes 19th-Century Photos of Black Women Activists appeared first on Hyperallergic.

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

3 weeks 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."

The old Register of Copyright snuck a $25M fake line-item into the budget

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5223&v=IQSvbrmMkd0 When the old Register of Copyright Maria Pallante stepped down from the Library of Congress, it was an open secret that she'd been forced out and there was a lot of Big Content conspiracy theories that Google had gotten her canned because she was too friendly to the movie studios and record labels. (more…)

Library of Congress Copyright Office wasted $11MM on new Technology

Techdirt received documents detailing gross negligence and incompetence at the office of copyright which resulted in the abandonment of a system to improve copyright recording and reporting at the library of congress. Techdirt does a...Show More Summary

A Tent Situation: 1865

April 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Federal Army camp. Soldiers boxing." Wet plate glass negative. Civil War Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

Deep Dive Into Why The Copyright Office Belongs In The Library Of Congress

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I've got a deep dive story over at The Verge, taking an in-depth look at the fight over taking the Copyright Office out of the Library of Congress. I've written some about that here, but if you want to look at the full history of what's...Show More Summary

A rare photo of Harriet Tubman, acquired by the Library of Congress, shows her as a younger woman

A photograph of a young Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist hero of the Underground Railroad, has been acquired by the Library of Congress and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, NBC Washington reports. Taken sometime in the mid-19th century, the photo is contained...

Why women’s peace activism in World War I matters now

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

By Anya Jabour, Regents Professor of History, The University of Montana. Peace Delegates on the Noordam – Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anna Molloy Library of Congress A hundred years ago, soon after winning reelection on the campaign slogan “He kept us out of war,” President Woodrow Wilson called...

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