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Senators Praise Billington's Tenure

Posted by: Matt Raymond

A pair of senators have gone ?on the Record??the Congressional Record, that is?to praise the 20-year tenure of Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, which was marked on Sept. 14, 2007. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts each made statements in the past several days in honor of the milestone.? …

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Constitution Day Coming Up on Monday

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The U.S. Constitution is turning 220 years old, having been ratified at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. Some believe this historic document has been a bit bruised and battered in the post-9/11 era. This is the subject of a bipartisan discussion in the Library?s James Madison Building at 12:30 p.m. on …

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USNWR Features Veterans History Project

Posted by: Matt Raymond

It?s been a busy blogging day, as I have been alerted to the posting of a story at U.S. News & World Report on the Library of Congress?s Veterans History Project. I believe it will be the cover story for the print issue, coming out this weekend. The story is pegged to the imminent Sept. …

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The Library of Congress and Web 2.0

Posted by: Matt Raymond

As promised, the Library of Congress today launched an enhanced and, if I might say so, much spiffier homepage at LOC.gov. Have you seen it yet? Click here to learn the full details. Among the changes: ? The homepage now features a dynamic graphic at the top for navigation to some of the most popular …

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Interns Find Hidden Copyright Gems

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Ever wonder what you might find if you had the opportunity to browse through some of the Library of Congress’s vast and long-forgotten copyright deposits?? (Since 1870, two copies of virtually every creative work published in America must be submitted to the Copyright Office, which is part of the Library of Congress.) For the past …

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Subject Cataloging

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I came across a piece today from ?Inside Higher Ed? and felt a need to correct the record. The article, the subject of which was Open Library, stated in part: Q: Some serious questions have come up about the shrinking depth of subject cataloging from the book records issued by the Library of Congress. That …

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Packard Campus Extends Library's A/V Reach

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to try to walk through all of the shelves at the Library of Congress? Maybe not, but we LOC people love to mull over the sheer magnitude of this place. You might have seen statistics here or there that have referred to somewhere in the …

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Doing In Dewey?

Posted by: Matt Raymond

A mini-debate is breaking out among library-philes in the wake of a Wall Street Journal story about an Arizona library that has ditched the Dewey Decimal System for much broader subject headings, catering to a client謥 who are apparently more browsers than researchers. An earlier article claims it to be the first library to break …

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The Library of Congress and Copyright Royalty Judges

Posted by: Matt Raymond

There has been substantial public interest in a recent decision by a federal court not to forestall a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Judges that increases royalties paid by Internet radio stations, effective this coming Sunday, July 15. (By the way, I?m told ?Copyright Royalty Judges? and is their preferred name, not the ?Copyright Royalty …