"Ad"ded Value for the Library

In the PR biz, there is what is known as “earned” media — the kind where you work the phones and email in order to interest a reporter into covering your story. And then there is paid media, which, of course, are generally in the form of advertisements. Every once in a while, however, the […]

Library of Congress Experience Sneak Preview

This past Monday, Cheryl Regan of the Library’s Interpretive Programs Office (i.e., she’s in charge of exhibitions) was gracious enough to allow me to tip-toe around the fabrication materials and power tools over in the Thomas Jefferson Building and lead me on a behind-the-scenes tour of the installation of our new Library of Congress Experience.

We’re having a big public celebration and grand opening on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so if you’re in DC, stop by to “explore, discover and be inspired.” (That’s the tagline that folks in the DC are hopefully starting to see on ads.) There will be plenty of time for a visit after the Cherry Blossom Parade ends.

There is truly a tremendous amount of activity occurring in the building (which is closed to the public, except the reading rooms, until April 12), and I just walked back from there to see that so much progress has been made even since I shot this video. Nevertheless, I hope it whets your appetite.

There is so much more I could have shown too, but I wanted to come in under the YouTube 10-minute limit. And for those of you who want to see the Library do even more with video behind my first rather amateurish attempt, well, just you wait.

A full transcript follows after the jump …

UPDATE: I replaced the herky-jerky video from the original post with a better version.

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Flickr Webcast Goes Online

Knowing there is great reader interest in the “Flickr project,” I wanted to let everyone know that a webcast from a couple of months ago detailing the evolution and initial successes of the program, featuring our own staff along with George Oates of Flickr, is now online here. It’s pretty interesting stuff, and I’ve never […]

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

Did you know that the Library of Congress has some of the best baseball-related collections you can see anywhere, perhaps outside of Cooperstown itself? It’s true: The nation’s library is home to quite a trove of memorabilia about the national pastime. To help celebrate the opening of the new Nationals Park in just a few […]

More Photos in Flickr

Our friend and former colleague, Justin Thorp, scooped us a bit on the fact that we have added some additional photos to our Flickr account. (See our previous posts here and here.) Which suits me just fine; we love all Library fans! It is true, under cover of night (OK, maybe not night, exactly), we […]

Knowledge at Your Fingertips

There is a big sign in an office on the sixth floor of the Madison Building that has been counting down the weeks until we open our new, interactive Library of Congress Experience. (We used to call it the New Visitors Experience, but it’s better to leverage the name people know, right?) Until recently it […]

Still Time To Become a Treasure-Hunter!

The deadline to apply to become a Junior Fellow this summer at the Library is fast approaching (March 31, 2008).  So there’s still time to get your application in! This program, supported by the Library’s James Madison Council,  is among my most favorite about which to talk with the media and the public.  Every summer […]

More Facts Behind the NT2 Fiction

By now, millions have seen the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on-screen in “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” But most of them probably don’t know that the Library was represented in the movie in some even more subtle but no less important ways. For instance, when the filmmakers sought to portray the forensic techniques behind the […]

Talking Blogging

I kind of despise self-promotion (you wouldn’t know it though, right?), but I’m always happy to talk with folks when they ask about the blog—why we do it, what we’re learning, etc. Such as this recent interview with Municipalist. And I’m sure the Boss will love the plug for his book!

An Honor Just To Be Nominated

We learned late on Friday that this blog has been nominated as a finalist for the “SXSW Web Awards” (in the “blog” category). The category recognizes blogs created in 2007 that “revolutionize the power of publishing by providing regularly updated content of a personal or professional nature.” Wow. “Revolutionize” sounds so, I don’t know, high-pressure. […]