Library Signs “Declaration of Learning”

Today, the Library of Congress joined 12 other government agencies and non-governmental organizations in signing a “Declaration of Learning” that formally announces their partnership as members of the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Education. The initiative is spearheaded by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who joined representatives at the signing ceremony in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State. The historic Treaty of Paris desk was used to complete the signing.

Through this partnership, the Library has committed to working together with the other agencies and organizations in utilizing historic artifacts in its collections, as well as its educational expertise, to create digital learning tools that can be accessed from computers, tablets and cell phones.  Non-digital learning tools will also be created for classroom and public use.

Now students, teachers and life-long learners will have the opportunity to explore historic objects and access new learning resources digitally, helping to ensure that tomorrow’s leaders better understand the events, ideas and movements that have shaped our country and the world.  The group has selected “Diplomacy” as the first topic around which learning resources will be created.  A new topic will be selected every two years.

Other institutions participating in the the Inter-Agency Collaboration on Education and signing the Declaration of Learning include the  National Archives, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Newseum, American Library Association, National Center for Literacy Education, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

More information can be found at the U.S. Department of State website.


  1. Melanie Metzger
    January 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

    This is wonderful to hear. It seems like a natural extension to some of your past and current initiatives such as the American Memories and Teaching with Primary Sources programs. Kudos!

  2. Jose Gomez Laurito
    January 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Learning is the most important activity of our lives. With what we learn can bring work, the way we bond together with our community. With learning I can transmit the cultural values of my generation to the following generation. Declaration of Learning a great idea.

  3. George Matusek
    January 30, 2013 at 11:55 am

    It seems to be a worthy and timely project in this era when some of our politicians are anti-intellectual, anti-science, and indifferent to the arts and humanities. It is more important than ever to not allow such short-sighted politicians to cut funding to the participating organizations.

  4. YvonneMCT
    February 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This is phenomenal! I am so excited just imagining the impact–wow, minds will be affected for generations to come! …Learning really DOES matter!

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