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Celebrating Librarian Extraordinaire Ruth S. Freitag

In celebration of  Women’s History Month the American Library Association’s  Feminist Task Force  invited submissions to highlight valued women in libraries.  Library of Congress Science Reference Section Head Constance Carter has contributed this article about her mentor and inspiration Ruth S. Freitag. Ruth S. Freitag is a librarian who should be celebrated during Women’s History Month.   Admired by grateful […]

Carl Sagan, Imagination, Science, and Mentorship: An interview with David Grinspoon

The following is a guest post from Trevor Owens, Special Curator for the Library of Congress Science Literacy Initiative.  To most Americans Carl Sagan is a TV persona. To David Grinspoon, who knew him since he was a child, he is much more. Among other things, Sagan was a personal mentor. I am thrilled to be […]

Wit and Lucidity: Carl Sagan’s Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution

Today’s post is from science reference librarian Margaret Clifton. In light of recent discussions about ‘STEM’ (science, technology, engineering, and math) education floating in and around government lately it is worth noting that scientific educational outreach, that is, science communication from the scientific community to the public (or at least to a captive youthful audience) […]

The Aeronauts

Last week I had the fantastic opportunity to give a gallery talk in the Library’s Civil War in America Exhibit Hall about the role of technology. There were many technologies or tools in use or being developed at this time, such as the telegraph, ironclad steamships (e.g. Merrimack and Monitor), railroads, Minie balls, and medicine. However, the focus […]

Fortitudine Vincimus

Today’s post is from science reference librarian  Margaret Clifton.  She is also the author of Loving the Stars – Telescopes from Galileo to James Webb,  Saving Energy: The Fall Back Position,  Stars in his Eyes and Sun Spots this Summer.  “And you thought they were cute” A wide variety of literature on Antarctica has been collected over […]

First Ladies of Fashion

I wrote my first blog post January 7, 2009 for the Library, Food Fit for the President, for the inauguration of the United States 44th President Barack Obama. President Lincoln is a major inspiration to the President and the inauguration contained strong themes related to Lincoln. For example, the President used Lincoln’s Bible to take […]

Andrew Carnegie – Man of Steel

Many in the library world think of Andrew Carnegie in terms of the many public libraries his fortune built, but otherwise, who was this man? Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland on November 25, 1825 1835. His family immigrated to the United States when he was a child and eventually they settled in Pennsylvania.  […]

Robber Barons: Gould and Fisk

The names Jay Gould and James Fisk Jr. are linked in American business history in the age of “robber barons.”  Together, they controlled the Erie Railroad, were part of the Tammany Hall set, and wrangled with J.P. Morgan over the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad. James Fisk, Jr.was born April 1, 1835 in Pownal, VT. His […]

Private Eyes

A number of years ago I was asked for help in finding information on someone who supposedly worked for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, and in the process, I was surprised to discover that the Manuscript Division has some of the company records.  Ever since then, every time I run across a mention of this […]