The Warmth of the Electronic Hearth

Before I came to the Library, I was privileged to do communications work for UNICEF. A colleague of mine, Steve Cassidy, a former CNN newsman and the head of UNICEF’s electronic media programs, and I would discuss the concept of the “electronic hearth,” a phrase that had been used to describe television in America. Where […]

The Library Heads SXSW

Butch Lazorchak of the Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program brings us this guest post on the Library’s involvement in one of the most important conferences for the creative and technology communities: The South By Southwest Conference, being held in Austin, Texas, March 11-20, 2011,  has rapidly become one of the most influential […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #18

This is the 18th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Each community we visit is unique and will have something special that stands out in our memories. San Angelo, Texas, may forever be […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #17

This is the 17th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: It’s not supposed to snow in Texas, so we are starting to think the snow clouds are following us! After grinding through many […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #16

This is the 16th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: It’s hard to believe that we have reached stop #30 with the Gateway to Knowledge Tour.  We have rolled into 13 states now, […]

National Book Festival to be a Two-Day Treat

Word’s going out today that the National Book Festival, heading into its 11th year on the National Mall, will be a two-day event for 2011. The festival will take place on the National Mall, from 9th Street to 14th Street, on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 25 […]

Crazy SK8s

There’s something about strapping on a pair of roller skates and the exhilaration of speeding across the floor, taking fast turns, testing your agility as you maneuver against and in tandem with those like-minded. The sport is very near and dear to my heart, as I recently joined the ranks of the DC Rollergirls, the […]

Snow Closing Library’s Public Spaces Today at 3:30

In accordance with the Office of Personnel Management’s directive closing the federal government two hours early today, the Library will close all public spaces (exhibits, etc.) and reading rooms at 3:30 p.m. (As Congress is in session, the La Follette Congressional Reading Room will be open.  The Law Library Reading Room will also be open […]