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4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 1/18/2019

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[Second Floor, Southeast Pavilion. Domed ceiling of the Pavilion of the Elements showing Apollo surrounded by the elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water by William De Leftwich Dodge, and signs of the zodiac by Elmer E. Garnsey. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.] Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer, 2009.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Research Orientation: European Reading Room

A tour of the European Reading Room, and an orientation to the Library’s European collections, is being offered on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Jefferson Building, LJ-250, accessible via the European Reading Room, LJ-249. For online registration, click here.
The Library of Congress’ holdings of books and other materials from almost all European countries are larger than holdings anywhere else in the world except for within the countries themselves. The orientation will discuss the diverse European collections and how we collect, with a few interesting display items. It will cover both traditional and digital collections, as well as electronic subscriptions to European newspapers and periodicals. The orientation will also include a tour of the beautiful European Reading Room, and describe its resources, services, and specialized reference staff.
Orientations are offered to the public every other Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Those attending might wish to obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For information about reader’s cards, click here.
Location: European Division Conference Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-250.
Contact: [email protected]

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Asian Reading Room Research Orientation

This research orientation class serves as an introduction to the Asian Division’s collections and provides guidance for conducting research in Asian studies at the Library more generally. The class begins with a brief overview of the Asian Division’s history and a survey of its seven collections: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Tibetan. The remainder of the class is tailored to participants’ specific research interests and focuses on how to utilize the Library’s online catalogs most effectively, requesting materials in a closed-stack library, accessing popular electronic resources available for on-site use only, and finding Asia-related materials (maps, photographs, etc.) in the Library’s other reading rooms.
Register via Eventbrite.
Location: Asian Reading Room, Jefferson Building, First Floor, LJ-150
Contact: Jonathan Loar, South Asia reference librarian, [email protected]

Title page of the Omar Ibn Said autobiography.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
African American History Month Program:
“Omar Ibn Said at the Library of Congress”

The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States.  In celebration of African American History Month, the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division will host a special public program and discussion focusing on this unique historical collection. The event features scholars whose work centers on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said and related diaries of enslaved people.
Location: Room LJ-119, Thomas Jefferson Building, First Floor, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, DC.
Contact: [email protected], (202) 707-5673
Press release
Blog – “New Online: Rare Autobiography in Arabic by Enslaved American”

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