Pic of the Week: Library and Military Service Academies Collaborate on Collections Access

From left, Lucia Maziar, library director at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy; David Schaffter, acting director of academy libraries at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Christopher Barth, librarian and associate dean at the U.S. Military Academy; Donna Selvaggio, chief librarian at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Larry Clemens, library director at the U.S. Naval Academy; and Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. Photo by Shawn Miller.

The Library of Congress and the U.S. military service academies signed a cooperative agreement this week to provide researchers with enhanced access to the institutions’ collections and grow representation of service members in the Library’s collections—including the Veterans History Project.

The three-year agreement, which took effect on September 18, provides greater access for Library researchers to the collections of the U.S. Air Force Acad­emy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy and greater access to Library collections for the academies.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and representatives of the five academies signed the agreement at a ceremonial gathering in the Jefferson Building.

“A major reason the Library of Con­gress is a world leader is because many of the collaborations that it has forged with institutions and organizations across the country and around the world give it its strength,” Hayden said.

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