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The Library of Congress and its Librarians

Posted by: Margaret Wood

I expect almost everyone who works at the Library of Congress can tell you the year in which the Library was established – if not the exact date.  The Library is the oldest cultural institution in the United States.  Its establishment dates back to April 24, 1800 when President John Adams signed a law that …

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Visit the Law Library of Congress Booth at the 16th National Book Festival!

Posted by: Liah Caravalho

The Library of Congress will host the 16th Annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 at the Washington Convention Center. In addition, to notable author presentations and an array of literacy activities for all ages, Law Library of Congress staff will be available to meet with festival attendees in the Library of Congress Pavilion from …

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How to Contact Your Representative or Senator: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted by: Robert Brammer

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people …

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Lessons Learned from the AALL 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago

Posted by: Andrew Weber

We are back from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2016 Annual Conference in Chicago. I was happy to present with Abbie Grotke at the Legal Information Preservation Alliance’s annual meeting.  I discussed several Law Library related web archiving initiatives, including: adding the historic Congressional Record from THOMAS to Congress.gov; the recent Archives Unleashed event; using Perma.cc in our research …

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National Archives and Law Library of Congress to Host Proposed Amendments Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Posted by: Andrew Weber

The following post is cross posted on NARAtions: The blog of the U.S. National Archives. The National Archives and the Law Library of Congress are hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for the proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution at the National Archives Innovation Hub on Friday, July 29 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The edit-a-thon is part …