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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].

Works by Leon Battista Alberti – Pic of the Week

  A humanist and generally recognized as an uomo universal [“Renaissance man”], Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) is known for his works in painting, sculpture, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, music, physics, philosophy, and cryptography.  The writing of the mysterious Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has even been attributed to him.  The Law Library recently acquired a compilation of his lesser-known works, simply titled […]

The Congress.gov Wall of Wonderful Feedback – Pic of the Week

I was at a Congress.gov meeting earlier this week where Jill MacNeice presented the results from a round of unmoderated Congress.gov testing.  During the presentation Jill showed this wall with responses to questions posed that included a heat map of where people clicked on Congress.gov.  Based on hundreds of responses received, Jill was able to draw […]

Foreign and International Legal Research Guides – Pic of the Week

  Happy Friday!  We’ve updated the links of our legal research guides for fourteen foreign jurisdictions.  These research guides provide a one-stop primer on the legal systems of foreign countries by providing links to reference sources, compilations, citations guides, periodicals (indexes and databases), dictionaries, web resources, free public web sites, subscription-based services, subject-specific web sites, and country overviews.  The […]

Stereoview of the Madison Building Closed Stacks

The Law Library of Congress is the largest law library in the world, and much of its vast collection is housed in the Madison Building’s sub-basement stacks. Whenever a patron requests an item that does not have “RR” at the end of the call number, our expert staff combs through our vast collection of over 2.5 million volumes to locate the item […]

“I’ll be damned if I don’t do it!”: The Failed Assassination Attempt on President Andrew Jackson

On January 30, 1835, an unemployed painter by the name of Richard Lawrence made the first attempt on the life of a sitting U.S. President. That damp, misty day, President Andrew Jackson had traveled to the Capitol Building to attend a Congressional funeral in the House Wing. As the President exited the funeral, he approached […]