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Pic of the Week – The Digital Commons at the D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Library

We enjoy bringing you photos of the unique libraries, ancient and modern, that we encounter during our travels. In celebration of this year’s National Library Week theme, “lives change @ your library,”  we bring you photos of a unique library close to home. Since the inception of the personal computer and the rise of the internet, public libraries have played a vital role in bridging the digital divide, providing an opportunity for patrons to gain experience with new technologies. In keeping with that proud tradition, the District of Columbia’s Public Library System offers a unique resource for anyone who wants to learn about several nascent technologies that may have an impact that rivals that of the internet. D.C.’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Library boasts a Digital Commons that includes a 3d Printer and Scanner, Espresso Book Machine, and a digital, collaborative workspace. Not only do they offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, they also host events and classes to impart the skills needed to help their patrons make the most of this technology. Help us celebrate National Library Week by letting us know what unique services your library offers in the comments section.

3d Printer at the District of Columbia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Public Library [Photo by Robert Brammer].

3d Printer at the District of Columbia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Branch Public Library [Photo by Robert Brammer].

Tribute to Robert Gee

The Library of Congress held a celebration of life ceremony yesterday for a former colleague who recently passed away. Robert “Bob” Gee, who most recently was a special assistant to the Associate Librarian of Congress, died on March 12 after a short battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by family at his home in Washington, D.C.  Bob was born […]

A New Akoma Ntoso Tool: the LIME Editor

Monica Palmirani, one of the judges of our Legislative Data Challenges, recently alerted us to a new tool developed by the University of Bologna: the LIME Editor. This open source, web-based editor allows for the quick conversion of non-structured legal documents into XML, including Akoma Ntoso XML. The tool combines a component-based JavaScript framework and […]

National Poetry Month and Bad King John

The following post is cross posted on the From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature blog. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014!  This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government and at the same time marked a defeat of the king by his barons.  But long before 1215, […]

Introduction to Roman Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

This is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Some of Dante’s recent posts include Introduction to Canon Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Resources and Treasures of the Italian Parliamentary Libraries, and A Fresh Update on the Canonical Rules on the Election of a […]

An Interview with Jacinda Gill, IT Specialist

This week’s interview is with Jacinda Gill, IT specialist in the Digital Resources Division of the Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Washington, D.C. to a third generation family of Washingtonians.  However, I only briefly lived in Washington (Adams Morgan area) before relocating to San Antonio, […]

Discovery: A Beginner’s Guide

This post was co-authored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Specialists. We receive a wide array of questions here at the Law Library of Congress—from detailed foreign legal research, to tracing U.S. federal legislation, and everything in between—but one area of legal research on which we consistently receive requests for assistance is the […]

An Interview with Jennifer Frazier, the Kentucky State Law Librarian

I recently visited the Kentucky State Law Library in Frankfort, Kentucky, and interviewed Jennifer Frazier, the Kentucky State Law Librarian. Thank you for taking time to speak with me today. How long have you been the State Law Librarian, and what is your educational background? I have been employed at the Kentucky State Law Library […]

Laws on Homosexuality in African Nations

This post was co-authored with Constance A. Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Connie has previously blogged about Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Law and Longitude, Water Rights at Star Island, and our Guide on Legal Translation. Recent Nigerian and Ugandan laws criminalizing homosexuality have brought the issue […]