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Francis Scott Key: the Lawyer-Poet

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

Both law and poetry require a fluid grasp of language and a critical need for precision and economy with words; possessing these skills can be the key to making one person successful in both endeavors. There are a few times in history when well-known poets started their professional lives in the law (John Donne, Archibald …

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An Interview with John Trotman, Junior Fellow

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

Today’s interview is with John “Trot” Trotman.  John is working in the Collection Services Division of the Law Library of Congress as part of the institution’s Junior Fellows Program.  The program’s focus is to increase access to our collections for our various patron groups. Describe your background:  I grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia and went …

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New Recommended Formats Specifications

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

The Library has just released its new Recommended Format Specifications, a more current set of specifications for “identifying preservable content.” Library staff, including subject matter and technical experts, joined the team led by Ted Westervelt, head of acquisitions and cataloging for U.S. Serials – Arts, Humanities & Sciences at the Library of Congress, so they could …