Your Life Flashes Before Your … Ears?

This year’s selections for the National Recording Registry were announced today —   the ninth annual addition to a list now totaling 325 recordings deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant and worthy of preservation for all time. According to the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress – with input from the Library’s […]

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 […]