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Future of Bibliographic Control Meeting

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The Library of Congress-led Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control has its next meeting Wednesday, May 9, in Chicago. While registration closed last week, you can go to the working group’s Web site here to see where the discussion is going. The background paper for the Chicago meeting is here (PDF). A final …

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Giving Back

Posted by: Matt Raymond

It’s an oft-cited fact that the Library of Congress takes into its collections a staggering 10,000 items every single day. So it’s nice to be able to talk, about what we try to give back, at least in the broadest sense of the term. Today I received the following report from Library Services (the largest …

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A Budget for the Future

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Another busy day! I spent this morning in a hearing at the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, during which Librarian of Congress James Billington and our Chief Operating Officer, Jo Ann Jenkins, testified on the Library’s budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2008, which begins Oct. 1, 2007. The Librarian discussed requests including …

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The Merry Month of May

Posted by: Matt Raymond

It’s a busy day and a busy month at the Library of Congress! Not only is today Law Day, but it marks the kickoff of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We’ve issued a news release detailing how the Library is observing the month, and launched a Web site gathering several related Library collections and resources together …

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Library of Congress Lends Help to DCPL

Posted by: Matt Raymond

As a followup to yesterday?s blurb about the fire at the Georgetown branch of the DC Public Library ? although I didn?t know it at the time of posting, the Library of Congress is working to lend a hand. Here is a statement I received from staff in our Preservation Directorate: Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian …

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May Day? Law Day!

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Harper Lee?s famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, begins with a quote by the English essayist Charles Lamb: ?Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.? Perhaps Lee and/or Lamb was being ironic, but May 1, which is celebrated as Law Day, puts that quotation in a very literal and meaningful context. The theme of Law Day …

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Library in the News, 4/30/07

Posted by: Matt Raymond

A few AP photos are starting to move from the event that ended barely an hour ago, in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel formally transferred the 1507 Waldseemüller Map to the Library of Congress and the American people (represented by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer). You can see them here, here, here, here, here and …

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Library in Georgetown Hit by Fire

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The Web site of WRC-TV in Washington is reporting that the branch of the DC Public Library in the District?s historic Georgetown neighborhood is on fire. From the story: Its Peabody Room contains a special collection of items pertaining to the history of Georgetown. The fire chief told Spencer that they are aware of the …