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Talking Blogging

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I kind of despise self-promotion (you wouldn’t know it though, right?), but I’m always happy to talk with folks when they ask about the blog—why we do it, what we’re learning, etc. Such as this recent interview with Municipalist. And I’m sure the Boss will love the plug for his book!

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An Honor Just To Be Nominated

Posted by: Matt Raymond

We learned late on Friday that this blog has been nominated as a finalist for the “SXSW Web Awards” (in the “blog” category). The category recognizes blogs created in 2007 that “revolutionize the power of publishing by providing regularly updated content of a personal or professional nature.” Wow. “Revolutionize” sounds so, I don’t know, high-pressure. …

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The New Deal, 75 Years Later

Posted by: Matt Raymond

Some of the most stirring and enduring words ever spoken by an American president were uttered by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” and “a date which will live in infamy,” among them. But few of his words more dramatically reshaped the country than when, in 1932, Roosevelt …

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Library Preserves Voice of Last Living World War I Veteran

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I was saddened yesterday by the news that one of the last two known living U.S. veterans of World War I, Harry Landis, had died at age 108. That leaves 107-year-old Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W. Va., as the sole surviving American veteran of the “Great War” that began more than 90 years ago. …

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Behold, the Parking Garage

Posted by: Matt Raymond

It’s sometimes hard to know ahead of time what is going to catch someone’s fancy. Take parking garages (please!). In December we announced a lecture to be held Jan. 15 by architect Shannon Sanders McDonald about parking garages and their effects on urban planning, sponsored by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division. The topic …

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Federal Bloggers, R&B Singers and the Flying Circus

Posted by: Matt Raymond

I couldn’t let the day slip by without linking to Al Kamen’s column in today’s Washington Post. It’s about the varied approaches taken among the increasingly crowded field of federal bloggers, and how sometimes good intentions go awry. For instance, there is the blog at the Transportation Security Administration that Kamen implies is at risk …

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Audio Adventures To Spark the Imagination

Posted by: Matt Raymond

The Library’s Lifelong Literacy campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council is taking a new step forward as we roll out a series of radio public-service announcements. To give a listen, click here, then scroll down for MP3s. The spots all follow a basic premise: A narrator reads a pivotal or climactic passage from a …

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Preserving the Legacy of James Forman

Posted by: Matt Raymond

In a timely event just days before the beginning of African American History Month, the Library of Congress on Monday added to its rich holdings on the Civil Rights Movement with the acquisition of the James Forman papers. Forman (1928-2005), who served as executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1961 to …

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State of the Blog 2008

Posted by: Matt Raymond

As the president prepares to take his annual look ahead in the State of the Union, I thought I might do the same for this blog and get feedback from readers. Our friends at DipNote (the State Department’s official blog) did just that a few weeks ago: Since launch, we have made a strong attempt …