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Stars in His Eyes

Today’s post is from guest author Margaret Clifton, science reference librarian. Four hundred years ago, in March of 1610, a pamphlet-like little book was published in Venice. The title page, as translated from New Latin*,sums up its contents with unabashed enthusiasm: “Revealing great, unusual, and remarkable spectacles, opening these to the consideration of every man, […]

Super (Advertising) Bowl!

The Library attracts many researchers looking for older print advertising and as a result developed The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920 collection in American Memory using the collections of Duke University, and a publication from a couple of past Library employees, Advertising in America: the first 200 years. It is interesting to contrast the […]

Celebrating African Americans in Science & Business

February is African American History Month. During this month, we frequently receive questions from students working on school projects related to African Americans in science and business. In general, students seek biographical information about a specific black scientist, inventor or business person. Before my time, back in the 1980’s, LC science librarian Vivian Ovelton Sammons […]

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 […]

College football season is almost over but before we bid it adieu…….

I’m not a huge sports fan, I watch an occasional game and it seems there are a couple of days each year when all you find on television are football games. New Years day is one of those days (Thanksgiving is another). Knowing that we have a resource guide on the sports industry and that […]

Ushering in the New Year with Special Foods

January 1 begins the new year of the Gregorian calendar. Many of us who celebrate this day have traditions for bringing in the New Year such as banging pots and pans, blowing horns, kissing the person next to you, and making resolutions.  We also have food traditions and special meals that we prepare and serve on […]

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 […]