The last few weeks have brought about a lot of changes.
I am extremely proud of the Congress.gov team. We have been working remotely for three weeks, and our team continues to work to improve the website. We had a release last week and are wrapping up development for our next one.
Margaret continues to update the Coronavirus Resource Guide with new legislation and timely items published from the Law Library of Congress.
I find myself in an unfamiliar situation of teleworking. Our blog team met remotely this week. For the Pic of the Week, we often share pictures of libraries that we have visited or glimpses of views around the Library of Congress. Of course, travel is out of the question right now. Even being at the Library is not an option for most. So instead, how about photos of where we are now? Here are a few photos of our remote workstations.
My Desktop. Picture by Andrew Weber.
Betty’s Makeshift Standing Desk. Picture by Betty Lupinacci.
Jim’s Laptop and Piano Bench. Picture by Jim Martin.
Robert Brammer’s Desk. Picture by Robert Brammer.
Although I don’t get to see my Library of Congress co-workers in person right now, I do have some great new co-workers sharing this space.
Picture by Andrew Weber.
Your favorite fantasy fiction, movies, and even Mr. Bean aside, wearing cotton gloves (aka the “cotton menace”) isn’t the best way to show love for rare books when you handle them. As the Ransom Center has observed, “[t]he conservator’s explanation in support of bare hands is that they afford much greater manual dexterity. Ungloved hands […]
The following is a guest post by Dr. Joshua Kueh, the Southeast Asia reference librarian in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. His research interests cover Malay manuscripts, and topics related to Southeast Asian history, particularly migration and trade in the 1500s to the 1800s. The Library of Congress has a small but […]
At an impressive 333 feet, the nine-story George Washington Masonic National Memorial (GW Memorial), built on a hill in Alexandria, Virginia, can be seen from almost anywhere in Alexandria. Ever since I moved to Alexandria in 2018, I have been meaning to visit the GW Memorial, in particular the observation deck, but somehow I never got […]
Today, January 10, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the League of Nations. The idea of an international coalition had been discussed in the 19th century but more attention to the idea developed during World War I when organizations in the United Kingdom and the United States (the League to Enforce Peace and the […]
If you live and drive in the greater Washington area, you have heard of Braddock Road (VA State Road 620). It’s almost always congested with the heavy traffic that is one of the region’s claims to fame. Virginia is littered with roadways named for early American historical people and battles, and I assumed Braddock was […]
Our picture of the week is a mural in downtown York, Pennsylvania, that commemorates the adoption of the Articles of the Confederation by the Continental Congress in York on November 15, 1777. The Articles served as the first Constitution of the United States until they were replaced by the current United States Constitution. You can […]
This is the home of Continental Army General Horatio Gates, which is located in downtown York, Pennsylvania. The structure to the left is a colonial-era tavern. In what is now referred to as the “Conway Cabal,” Gates was championed by General Thomas Conway as a replacement for George Washington as commander in chief following Gates’ […]
I saw this recent blog post, So, what does the Indiana State Library actually do?, and was reminded of my visit there. The Indiana State Library is across the street from the Indiana State House, similar to the way that the Capitol is across the street from the Library of Congress. One of my favorite places […]
Last month I listened to oral arguments of two cases being appealed before the U.K.’s Supreme Court. The cases, one an appeal from England and Wales and the other an appeal from Scotland,dealt with the U.K. prime minister’s August 2019 decision regarding the prorogation of Parliament. I noticed that the lawyers presenting the cases referred on several […]