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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.  This year, March has also seen the Centennial of the 1913 Suffrage March, and International Women’s Day.  Women’s History Month was established in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 to establish Women’s History Week.  Both this law and the subsequent Presidential Proclamation 4903 speak to the important role women played […]

A Visit to the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku – Pic of the Week

This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian and a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis.  She is the co-author of the blog post Being Well-Informed: Congress.gov Training and her recent posts include Happy Belated Birthday, Title IX, and Civil War Military Trials. I was fortunate to visit the National Library of Azerbaijan in Baku […]

W3C Government Linked Data Working Group Issues Last Call for Vocabularies

Last April, I mentioned the work of the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group (GLDWG) to provide recommendations for governments on which RDF vocabulary terms to use for common concept areas. The GLDWG has announced Last Call working drafts of three vocabularies: • Organization Ontology (ORG):  describes a core ontology for organizational structures, aimed at […]

What is your Favorite Case? Part 2

Last December, I set out to discover my law library colleagues’ favorite cases. Some responded with humorous cases and some with landmark cases that forever changed the face of law. I was unable to talk to everyone in December, so this month I resumed my efforts to discover my colleagues’ favorite cases.  Shameema Rahman, Senior […]

Six Months of Congress.gov

It has been six months since we introduced Congress.gov. During that time we’ve been busy working to develop the beta into a full system. The first update after the September launch was in October when we made searching variants of citations easier. In November we continued to revise Congress.gov. With the start of the 113th Congress […]

Our New Resources and Services Handout – Pic of the Week

We are proud to introduce our newly designed resources and services handout.  The handout provides streamlined resources and services information in a crisp layout.  You will find contact information for help with U.S., foreign and comparative law research in addition to URLs and descriptions of our various online offerings.  The PDF version includes embedded links for quick […]

An Interview with Jason Steinhauer, Program Specialist

This week’s interview is with Jason Steinhauer.  Jason is a Program Specialist in the Office of Scholarly Programs of the Library of Congress. Describe your background. I’m a New Yorker through-and-through, in everything from how fast I walk to my subsistence on pizza and bagels.  I was born at Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx and […]

Frequent Reference Question: How Many Federal Laws Are There?

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Senior Legal Research Specialist in our Public Services Division.  Shameema is a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis; her most recent post was entitled Presidential Signing Statements. At the reference desk, we are frequently asked to estimate the number of federal laws in force. However, trying to tally this […]