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Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!

Alexander Graham Bell, a successful business man, scientist, innovator and engineer was born on this date in 1847. In 1876, at the age of 29, Alexander was awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone (patent # 174,465). Soon afterward in 1877 he formed the Bell Telephone Company. With the financial success of the telephone, […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today’s guest author is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist Today is Fat Tuesday the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. This is a HUGE event for the city of New Orleans, my hometown. There are many ways to gauge success from a economic standpoint – revenues, hotel room occupancy, tax collection, money spent by the […]

Second time around….

This week marks my one year anniversary here at the Library of Congress. Granted, this isn’t the first job I’ve had and other one year milestones were not necessarily a big deal, but librarianship is a new career for me and it is my second career! The dotcom bust (2000-2002) took its toll. I was […]

Traveling for the holidays….

Did you know…… about 91% of holiday long distance travel is by personal vehicle the average long-distance trip length over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday is 275 miles about 50% of us make same-day trips, the other half averages about 4 nights away the average age of the Christmas/New Year’s holiday travelers is slightly above 36 […]