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Download Search Results and Advanced Search Enhancements – Congress.gov 2017 Spring Cleaning

Spring is a beautiful time of year in Washington, D.C.  The temperature warms up; the cherry blossoms are out; and we frequently have an update of Congress.gov to share. In 2015 we added treaties and web-friendly bill text, and in 2016 we expanded the quick search feature. Today there is another round of enhancements to […]

The Myriopticon, A Historical Panorama of the Rebellion

This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. Our latest video comes to you from the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room of the Library of Congress. To help us commemorate the Appomattox Campaign that took place 152 years ago and concluded on April 9, 1865 with Robert E. Lee’s […]

Wikipedia Congressional Committees Edit-a-thon Event Recap

On April 7th, the Law Library of Congress, the National Archives, Wikimedia D.C., the Senate, and the Smithsonian cohosted a Wikipedia Congressional Hearings Committee Edit-a-thon in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress. The purpose of the event  was to improve articles in Wikipedia that describe U.S. Congressional Committees. We kicked off the day […]

Pic of the Week: Interns Spend Spring Break in D.C.

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of welcoming three interns from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to Washington, D.C. on their spring break.  They are graduate students pursuing a master of science degree in library and information science. These future librarians have been volunteering remotely on several different metadata projects of the Law Library […]

Law and LGM (Little Green Men), Part 1.

In this column, regarding literature, and in a later one also discussing film and television, I propose to “explore strange new worlds…” by looking at how law and lawyers have been treated in science fiction and fantasy.  It may seem that law and lawyers are not often covered in these genres, and it is true […]

The Law Librarian of Congress’ Address to the Hispanic Law Conference

The Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sánchez, addressed the Hispanic Law Conference at American University’s Washington College of Law on March 29th. In her remarks, Jane stressed the connection between the Law Library’s work and James Madison’s famous quote that is inscribed on the walls of the Madison Building, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and a […]

Reaching a Web Traffic Milestone on Congress.gov

The following is a guest post by Natalie Buda Smith, user experience team supervisor at the Library of Congress. In recent blog posts, we shared how we continuously conduct usability testing and regularly release enhancements to make Congress.gov easier to use and search. We also use data analytics to understand website traffic, by monitoring visits, […]

The Administration of a Probate Estate: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist We frequently receive reference requests for resources related to the administration of an estate. In this Beginner’s Guide, we will direct you to general and state-specific resources that concern probate administration. If you are interested in resources for drafting a will, please […]

Happiness on the Shelf

Are you happy today? If not today, are you happy with your life generally? If you’re wondering why that question matters, and you tend to think about pursuing happiness as a poetic flourish rather than a  mission statement, you might want to look at the United Nations’ (UN) declaration in support of its 4th International […]

World Meteorological Day

Today, March 23rd, is World Meteorological Day, as dubbed by the United Nations in WMO/EC-XII/Res. 6 and celebrated around the world. The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) provides the framework for international cooperation on weather issues that know no political boundaries. This year’s theme for the event is “Understanding Clouds,” and their website has […]