Did you know that America’s first president was also apparently one of the more reluctant to serve in office? Today’s “TIH” focuses on the Library’s vast collections regarding George Washington and his “manifest embarrassment” during his first inaugural address on April 30, 1789.
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 […]
The Library of Congress has been known for its ?American Treasures? and ?World Treasures? exhibits, but more recently, we have been hosting ?National Treasure.? Or, more precisely, ?National Treasure: Book of Secrets,? the sequel to the hit 2004 Disney film. I?m prohibited ? at least for now ? from talking much about the film. That?s […]
Even though there isn?t much of ?today? left, I did want to continue with my daily peek at ?Today in History.? The April 27 version focuses on the 1822 birth of a man who was so utterly American that his first two initials were ?U.S.?: President Ulysses S. Grant.? (I don?t know if this qualifies […]
Wow, in business barely three days, and I already have to apologize for “light blogging.” What a day it has already been! In addition to dealing with a parking glitch that has had me spending far too much time trying to keep from being towed by the good people of the District of Columbia, I […]
I got an email this morning from a colleague in the Office of Communications, who said that she was speaking to our ???guru of ISSN numbers.??? Here is the upshot: Today she told me that after much debate, catalogers had decided that corporate blogs published regularly are in fact serial publications and therefore should have […]
The deadline is fast approaching to vote in the 2007 Webby Awards, the Internet equivalent of the Oscars. (Voting requires registration, to separate the “men from the bots.” “OK, bad joke.)” Fast, as in tomorrow (April 27). The Library is nominated in two “People’s Voice” categories, which are decided by popular vote and will be […]
Before I (happily) returned to D.C. last August, I lived in Manhattan for about a year and a half. Among my fondest memories there are the hours and days I spent in one of New York City’s great treasures, Central Park. To wit, a picture I took there after the record-setting snowfall of Feb. 12, […]
I’m trying to think of a reaction to this, but the staff hasn’t written it for me yet.
This morning I attended the spring business meeting of the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory body, created in 1990 by Librarian of Congress James Billington. Council members received updates on the 2007 National Book Festival (Sept. 29, 2007), the 2007 Junior Fellows program, the World Digital Library and other issues, and also heard […]