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Latest News: Denis Johnson Awarded Prize for American Fiction

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 07:12

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Denis Johnson, author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories “Jesus’ Son” and the novel “Tree of Smoke,” will posthumously receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2017 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 2.

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Latest News: Walkowicz Named Astrobiology Chair at Kluge Center

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:27

Lucianne Walkowicz will hold the fifth Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology in the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. She will begin on Oct. 1, 2017, and be in residence for 12 months.

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Latest News: Library Launches Booklovers Circle

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:28

The Library of Congress today announced a new opportunity for booklovers to support the beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experiences.

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Latest News: VHP Launches Part Two of Web Series on World War I Veterans

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 09:09

The Veterans History Project (VHP) today launched, “Over There” the second in a three-part, online “Experiencing War” website series dedicated to United States veterans of the First World War. “Over There” highlights 10 digitized World War I collections found in the Veterans History Project archive. To access Part II and other veterans’ collections featured in “Over There,” visit www.loc.gov/vets/stories/wwi-part2.html. Part III will be available in fall of 2017.

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Latest News: "Polish Declarations" Greetings to US Online

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 09:09

In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship. Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs – are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.

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Latest News: Library & Royal Archives Plan Joint Exhibit

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:48

The Library of Congress and The Royal Archives today announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping yet distinct worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: the two Georges – King George III (1738-1820) of England and George Washington (1732-1799).

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Latest News: NLS Rolls Out New Digital Initiatives

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:21

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress is enhancing its ability to serve its patrons through several major technological initiatives being advanced this summer. NLS is launching a new and improved website and a new multimedia education campaign—both designed to raise awareness of NLS’s remarkable free services.

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Latest News: Tony Bennett Is Gershwin Prize Honoree

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:02

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that Tony Bennett is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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Latest News: Tracy K. Smith Named Poet Laureate

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 08:07

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-2018.

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Latest News: Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives Online Now

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:12

The Library of Congress today announced two new born-digital collections are now available on loc.gov – the Webcomics Web Archive and the Web Cultures Web Archive.

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Latest News: Letters About Literature Winners

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 14:08

Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress national reading- and writing-promotion program, has announced its winners for 2017. The program, now in its 25th year, asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.

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Latest News: Summer Teacher Institutes

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:30

Several educators from across the nation have been selected to participate in five Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes to take place from June through August.

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Latest News: Library of Congress Welcomes Junior Fellows

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:00

The Library of Congress this week welcomed 37 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive, Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. From curating historic copyright material ,to helping develop new preservation techniques, making World War I veterans histories more accessible and exploring the creation of a digital scholar’s lab, the Junior Fellows will work on a wide range of special projects under the mentorship of Library staff during this 10-week paid summer experience.

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Latest News: Sanborn Insurance Maps Online

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:00

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.

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Latest News: Seattle Organization Wins NLS Honor

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:05

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress, has named the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) of Seattle as the Network Library of the Year for 2016.  

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Latest News: Online Catalog Records Released

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 12:59

The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download in the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history.

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Latest News: FEDLINK Federal Library Awards

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 07:53

The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, scholarly communities and the American public.

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Latest News: Library Combines Youth Reading Programs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 07:45

The Library of Congress is combining its two reading and writing programs for young people – A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature. The move will enable the Library to better leverage its resources, to brand the programs more consistently and to encourage greater participation in these long-running programs.

The Library today kicks off its annual summer contest, now titled A Book That Shaped Me: Letters About Literature. The program will still target rising 5th- and 6th-grade students and will be managed in collaboration with libraries in six states as in past years. Winners will be honored at the 2017 National Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 2.

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Latest News: The Library Has A New Book

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:33

A new book exploring the history of the card catalog, that venerated chest of small drawers that contained the known universe, has been published by the Library of Congress in association with Chronicle Books.

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