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The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela

Today, July 18, is Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday and the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day.  This day was officially observed for the first time last year following the adoption of a resolution by the U.N. General Assembly on November 10, 2009.  The resolution acknowledged “Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and […]

Trial By Ordeal In Liberia

While considering a post on Trial by Ordeal (TBO) in Liberia, the first thought that came to my mind was to define the term.  The first online source (not particularly authoritative or official) I could find defined it as “a primitive method of determining a person’s guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to […]

What is THOMAS.gov on Jeopardy?

This government website was mentioned in the Library of Congress category during the recent Jeopardy! Kids Week. It’s always fun when someone you know references your work.  And it’s definitely rather cool when it is referenced on TV.  One of my colleagues, Tammie, received an email from a friend that said: Jeopardy just had a […]

Canadian Government Wants Term Limits for Senators

The following is a guest post by Steve Clarke, Senior Foreign Law Specialist. Canada‘s new majority Conservative Government headed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper has introduced a bill (Bill C-7) that would limit Senators to one nine-year term.  The 105 members of Canada’s upper house currently have no terms of office and are only obliged […]

We’re Here to Serve

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs, who works as a contractor from CGI in our Collection Services Division, and as an independent consultant in our Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Just last week I started answering questions from our Ask A Librarian service–and I love it. I’ve been looking forward […]