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Archive: 2015 (123 Posts)

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Five Questions with Constance Carter, Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Danna Bell

While I'm officially the Head of the Science Reference Section, I spend most of my time working with the collections, answering reference requests and creating webcasts, book displays, and bibliographies. I work with text-books, journals, diaries, cookbooks, reminiscences, biographies, magazines, pictures, electronic sources, manuscript materials, microforms, artifacts--everything you might expect to find in a Library. I especially like the 18th and 19th century materials and learning more about the daily lives of our forefathers--their foraging techniques, what they ate, how they cooked and cleaned, what they wore, and how they spent their time.

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Staff Favorites: Flight is Possible

Posted by: Danna Bell

On May 13, 1900, using stationery of the Wright Cycle Company, Wilbur Wright handwrote a letter to fellow aviation pioneer Octave Chanute of Chicago, Illinois. I love this 5 page letter! It contains some of the very best human emotions--there is passion, optimism, tenacity, curiosity, and recognition that together we can solve big problems.

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Five Questions with Carlin Rene Sayles, “The Map Teacher,” Library of Congress Geography and Map Division

Posted by: Danna Bell

In addition to my regular job, I volunteer to work with K-12 students who come to visit our division. During my presentation, I show the students the differences between their neighborhood or school library and a large map research library like the Library of Congress.

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Let There be Fireworks…and Peace

Posted by: Danna Bell

When I found this image of Uncle Sam and John Bull embracing, I realized I'd found what I was looking for: two bitter enemies who fought a war over the United States of America, coming together as friends and finding common ground.

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Five Questions with Cheryl Adams, Reference Specialist for Religion in the Library of Congress Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Posted by: Danna Bell

Because our division covers the humanities and social sciences I would definitely get questions relating to religion, but I might be at the desk when someone was researching the history of catsup, ideas about beauty in the 1860s or wanting a list of consulting firms who helped incumbents win senate races , 1980-2012 (real questions!). I love the variety of both questions and researchers. And researchers in the Main Reading Room need only be 16 or older (and curious) in order to use our collections, which makes for a wide world of topics and interests.