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Archive: 2014 (24 Posts)

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5 Questions (ExFed Edition): Margaret “Peg” Clifton, Research Specialist

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Our beloved colleague and dear friend, Margaret “Peg” Clifton, a physical sciences and military science research specialist with the Library’s Science Reference Section, has retired after 31 years of service in the Federal Government. She has been a frequent contributor for Inside Adams writing about egg collecting, astronomy, Carl Sagan, time and Antarctica. Science Section …

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In with the Old…Early American Mixology Books

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Today’s post is written by science librarian and culinary specialist Alison Kelly. She has provided her expertise in a number of Inside Adams blog posts related to food history and cooking such as Early American Beer. New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so this seems like a good time to raise  a glass to …

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The Library’s Shop: I Cannot Live Without Gifts

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

The Library of Congress is an amazing and beautiful place to visit, conduct research, and work. When you walk through the doors you are engulfed in history, art, literature, architecture, and mythology. The Library of Congress shop offers visitors keepsakes and mementos from their visit, as well as themed gifts for the bibliophile and history …

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Thanksgiving in the News- Periodically Speaking

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

The following guest post is by Amber Paranick, a librarian in the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room. Amber collaborated with us before showcasing early U.S. articles related to ice hockey from the Chronicling America database in the post “King of Winter Sports.” The history of the Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to 1621, …

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Upcoming Lecture: Big Data and the Linkage of Federal Data Resources for Biodiversity Science

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

For those who seek conservation and biodiversity data sets, the USGS Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries program has been working on integrating biological occurrence data into a national clearinghouse called the Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON). Occurrence data is information about a specific species that was observed/collected/sensed at a specific place by a …

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Arachnophilia: Celebrating Spiders on Halloween

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Spiders have been spinning their webs across the planet for hundreds of millions of years.  Without a doubt, we have forged a special relationship with these eight-legged wonders. One can find pictographs of spiders on the walls of the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, as well as references to spiders in mythology, creation …

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Harry Houdini’s Rare Magic Books

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

The following is a guest post authored by Elizabeth Gettins, a┬áDigital Conversion Specialist for the Library’s ┬áRare Book and Special Collections (RBSC). She has worked on multiple RBSC digital collections through the years such as the Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake, the Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks and the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana …

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Climate and Wildfires in the 21st Century

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

If you live west of the Mississippi, then you are no stranger to living with the threat of wildfires. Generally speaking, the western half of the country is more fire prone, compared to the more industrialized East, with large tracts of forest and grasslands on state and federal lands–national forests, state and national parks, and …

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Early American Beer

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Today’s post is written by science librarian and culinary specialist Alison Kelly. She has provided her expertise in a number of Inside Adams blog posts related to food history and cooking. Alison is also a gardener and a horticulture subject specialist- she wrote  a post about Women in Horticulture that highlights a selection of books …