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An Interview with Glenn Ricci, Lead Information Technology Specialist

This week’s interview is with Glenn Ricci, lead information technology specialist in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress.  Glenn has produced videos and webcasts for various Law Library events.  Most recently, he produced two videos related to the upcoming exhibition – Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor . Describe your background. I […]

Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online

This is a guest post by Ann Hemmens, legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress.  Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials from HeinOnline.  These titles are available […]

A Magna Carta MOOC

The following is a guest post by Emm Barnes Johnstone, historian of medicine with the Centre for Public History, Heritage and Engagement with the Past at Royal Holloway, University of London. Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London, sits just two miles from Runnymede. We are home to some of the world’s experts […]

An Interview with Tanya London, Stacks Services Lead Technician

This week’s interview is with Tanya London, lead technician in the Stacks Services section of the Law Library’s Collection Services Division.  Tanya recently held an extended temporary position as a program specialist in the Law Library’s Office of Legislative and External Relations. Describe your background. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science from Virginia Union University. […]

Do You Have to Actually be Present on Your Wedding Day in The Gambia?

Here at the Global Legal Research Center we receive many interesting foreign law inquiries.  Questions about laws that govern matters of personal status, including customary and religious laws, arise frequently from many of the African jurisdictions I cover.  One of the issues that I have had the opportunity to research is the legality of proxy […]

Police Weapons Around the World

The following is a guest post by Nicolas Boring, a foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress.  Nicolas has previously contributed posts on French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France and How Sunday Came to be Established as a Day of Rest in France. While for some […]

Establishing the Smithsonian Institution

The sight of construction cranes in Washington DC is nothing new; the city is constantly changing and renewing.  The cranes and I-beams peeking above the trees near the Washington Monument hearken the arrival of the newest Smithsonian museum: the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NAAHC).  In the 15 years I’ve been in […]

Accessing Reading Room Materials During Our Move

This is a guest post by Anne Guha, legal information analyst with the Law Library Public Services Division. As Margaret explained in a previous blog post, recently we have been preparing the Law Library Reading Room, located in Room 201 in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, for a much-needed renovation.  In order to allow the […]