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An Interview with Ann Hemmens, Legal Reference Librarian

This week’s interview is with Ann Hemmens, a legal reference librarian with the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My parents were transplants from Illinois and I inherited their interest in travel and living in different parts of the country. I’ve […]

Second Magna Carta Lecture Series Program Shines a Light on Primary Sources

We hosted our second program in the Magna Carta lecture series, “Selecting and Conserving Primary Sources,” on Wednesday, August 20. William “Jake” Jacobs, chief of the Library’s Interpretive Programs Office, the division charged with managing exhibitions, moderated a panel of Library specialists who discussed the methods by which they prepare and select materials for Library exhibitions and […]

Killing Kangaroos

Did you know that there are over 60 different species of kangaroo and their close relatives? How many kangaroos do you think live in Australia in total? 10,000? 1 million? 10 million? In fact, the population size of just the four most abundant kangaroo species has fluctuated between 15 million and 50 million over the […]

An Introduction to Congress.gov

Barbara Bavis, Ashley Sundin, and I are happy to bring you an introduction to Congress.gov.  This video provides a brief explanation of how to use the new features in the latest release, such as accounts, saved searches, member remarks in the Congressional Record, and executive nominations. If you would like more in-depth training on Congress.gov, we hold bi-monthly […]

Recent Law Library of Congress Report on National Funding of Road Infrastructure

According to a June 2014 report by the United States Congressional Budget Office (CBO), most of the annual spending by the federal government on surface transportation programs is in the form of grants to state and local governments. These grants are primarily financed through the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). After decades of stable balances to […]

Magna Carta Lecture Series – Selecting and Conserving Primary Sources

The Law Library is holding a series of lectures in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor.” Cosponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, the lecture series will provide further context on how the Great Charter fits into expansive historical and contemporary topics, such as […]

An Interview with Andrew Winston

Today’s interview is with Andrew Winston, a legal reference librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I grew up in Virginia and went to college and law school there.  I studied Ancient Greek and Latin as an undergraduate, went to law school and practiced law, and then […]