There’s No Place Like (a New) Homepage

Starting Monday, Jan. 10, our homepage at www.LOC.gov–our virtual “front door,” if you will–is getting a new look. Periodically, the Library changes its homepage (and other parts of its site, of course) to make it more useful and more responsive to users’ needs.  This is one of our most ambitious refreshes yet, and many of […]

“I Am Joaquin” Shall Endure

Today the Librarian of Congress named the 25 films that will comprise the National Film Registry’s entries for the year 2010.  These are films that have cultural, historical or aesthetic significance that warrants their preservation for posterity.  All in all, there are 550 films in the registry. Although there is great variety in this year’s […]

Link-o-Rama

Dec. 23 always seems like such a rush–literally.  Rushing to the store for that last-minute gift.  Rushing to the airport to catch your flight to grandma’s.  Rushing to clean the house, pick up groceries and prepare the components of your family’s turkey (or ham or tofurkey) dinner. In that spirit, before everyone rushes off, I […]

“Booking” Your Holiday Party Plans

The following is from our newest contributor to the Library’s blog, Erin Allen, in the Office of Communications.  Erin is a writer-editor who writes our Wise Guide, helps coordinate our calendar of events, and contributes to many of our publications.  She also was acting editor of The Library of Congress Gazette, our staff newsletter, for […]

Why the Library of Congress Is Blocking Wikileaks

The news media are reporting today, accurately, that the Library of Congress is blocking access to the Wikileaks site across its computer systems, including those for use by patrons in the reading rooms. I wanted to provide here the same statement we’ve been giving to reporters and patrons who are asking about it: “The Library […]

Mysterious Faces, Gazing Across Time

A forlorn-looking girl in a mourning dress holds a picture of her late father.  An impossibly young soldier, probably prepubescent, stands at attention with his bayoneted musket.  An African-American in Union uniform sits stoically with his wife and two daughters.  A pair of uniformed comrades pose comically, each holding a cigar in the other’s mouth. […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #15

This is the 15th in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder (from a stop Nov. 12–13 in Willmar, Minn.), who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: I wrote from Mankato that we were hoping the weather would cooperate with us.  Well, […]