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Roosevelt, Muir, and The Camping Trip

This guest post was written by Constance Carter the previous head of Science Reference who now volunteers here at the Library. One of the most delightful children’s books I have read is Barb Rosenstock’s The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and our National Parks (New York, Dial Books for Young Readers, […]

Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Mamadou Cherif Simpara

This post features Business Reference Section intern Mamadou Cherif Simpara’s answers to the Five Questions. What is your background? I was born and raised in Mali, a landlocked country in western Africa. However, I spent most of my vacations traveling to other countries such as France and Morocco. After graduating in 2012 with a high […]

Building Product Source: Spotlight on Sweet’s Catalog File

This post was written by John F. Buydos a Reference Librarian in the Science Section. The Sweet’s Catalog File is a building product source and a frequently used title here at the Library. It is an example of a master catalog (i.e., catalogs or partial catalogs from several manufacturers, with a combined index) in the […]

Unexpected Guidance: Traveler’s Guides as a Source of Business Information

This post was written by Business Reference librarian Angel Vu. The Library of Congress has many resources you can use for economic and business history research. Directories tend to be a popular resource for researchers attempting to track down an old business. Travel guides, while more selective in the businesses they may list, are another […]

Juno Mission to Jupiter: June 23 Lecture With Dr. Jack Connerney

Not long before NASA’s Juno spacecraft reaches Jupiter on its target date of July 4, the public is invited to a free talk “JUNO Mission to Jupiter” with Dr. Jack Connerney, the mission’s deputy principal investigator and head of the magnetometer team. The talk will be held in the Pickford Theater on the third floor […]

The Haymarket Handbills: Paper as Dynamite

The following is a guest post from David Fernández-Barrial, foreign-language librarian at the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and a union steward for the Library of Congress Professional Guild, AFSCME Local 2910. 130 years ago this month, workers on the streets of Chicago may have seen one […]