Pic of the Week: Teacher Institutes

Carol Gnojewski and other educators analyze maps during one of the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Photo by Stephen Wesson.

Carol Gnojewski and other educators analyze maps during one of the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Photo by Stephen Wesson.

(The following was written by Stephen Wesson, Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress.)

This June and July, teachers and school librarians from more than 40 states have gathered in Washington for the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. These intensive, week-long professional development sessions, which are organized by the Library’s Educational Outreach division, immerse K-12 educators in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the Library’s collections.

Primary sources like the artifacts in the Library’s collections are powerful teaching tools, and the Summer Teacher Institutes provide educators with opportunities to learn and apply strategies for integrating them into their classroom practice. In addition to hands-on activities facilitated by the Library’s Educational Outreach staff, participants consult with experts from across the Library and collaborate with their fellow educators to develop new resources for use with their own students.

This year’s Summer Teacher Institutes will run through the end of July, and applications for next year’s sessions will become available early in 2017. If you’re an educator or know an educator, watch the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog to find out more. One teacher, when asked what next year’s Institute participants should expect, said, “You should expect to experience the best professional development you have ever attended.”

World War I: Time to Recall What This War Was About

(The following is a post by Gayle Osterberg, director of communications for the Library of Congress.) Next April begins the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I, from April 6, 1917, when the U.S. Congress formally declared war on the German Empire. It concluded November 11, 1918, with the armistice agreement. I am going […]

New Online: Website Updates, Presidential Papers, Federal Resources

(The following is a guest post by William Kellum, manager in the Library’s Web Services Division.)  Website Resources New in July is a new, responsive design for the Library’s Online Catalog, one of the most heavily used features of our website. Like other websites, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of users accessing […]

Pic of the Week: Familiar Faces on Display in Atlanta

The following is a guest post by Lisa A. Taylor, Liaison Specialist for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP). One of the many joys of working at the Veterans History Project is discovering all of the out-of-the-box ways researchers find to use the collections. VHP’s congressional mandate is to collect, preserve and make […]

Pic of the Read: America Reads

“America Reads,” which opened yesterday in the Southwest Gallery of the Jefferson Building, is possibly the first sequel exhibition at the Library of Congress. It follows the institution’s popular 2012 exhibition “Books That Shaped America,” which displayed 88 books by American authors “that had a profound effect on American life.” For this exhibition, the books were chosen […]

Diversity of the American Library

(The following is a story from the May/June 2016 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine, LCM. You can read the issue in its entirety here.) Inspired by the nation’s long history of photographic survey projects, photographer Robert Dawson decided to focus his camera on America’s public libraries at the turn of the 21st century. “Since […]

Rare Book of the Month: From the Snows of Vermont Comes the “Jungle Book”

(The following is a guest blog post written by Elizabeth Gettins, Library of Congress digital library specialist.) When you think of the “Jungle Book,” what comes to mind first? For some, it is the classic 1967 Walt Disney movie; for others, the new 2016 Disney release. However, for many bibliophiles, there is no substitute for […]

A Hamilton Mixtape, Library of Congress Style

Nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards, “Hamilton” the musical swept the ceremony winning 11, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score and a handful of best actor/actresses. The show is based on the Ron Chernow biography on founding father Alexander Hamilton, which Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical, had picked up on a whim […]

Library in the News: May 2016 Edition

The month of May saw the Library of Congress in a variety of headlines. In April, the Library announced that THOMAS.gov, the online legislative information system, will officially retire July 5, completing the multi-year transition to Congress.gov. David Gewirtz for ZDNet Government wrote, “You have to wonder what Thomas Jefferson would have made of the […]