Contact: Susie Young, Columbus Metropolitan Library (614) 645-2930
Guy Lamolinara, Library of Congress (202) 707-9217

Giulia Adelfio, Library of Congress (202) 707-2153

Brian J. Walsh, Director of Communications, U.S. Congressman Bob Ney (202) 225-8281

Gregg Dodd, Ohio Arts Council (614) 466-4494

October 31, 2003

The Library of Congress Is Coming to Columbus

Special Events to Highlight Library's Services to Ohioans

The Library of Congress and U.S. Congressman Bob Ney, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, will sponsor special events in Columbus on Nov. 14 that will introduce central Ohioans to a selection of the fascinating resources available to them from the world's largest library. Mrs. Charlotte Kessler of New Albany is Chair of these events.

"The Library of Congress serves all Americans, and we are honored to visit Columbus as part of our nationwide outreach," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "Columbus, as the home of Ohio State University and other distinguished research institutions, is a fitting venue to demonstrate the educational resources of the Library of Congress."

"As Chairman of the House Administration Committee, I have a great appreciation for the very important role the Library of Congress plays in preserving the history of our great nation. It is truly one of our nation's most valuable resources," said Congressman Ney. "I'm very pleased that the Library will be sharing its work with the citizens of Ohio, and I will continue to work very closely with Library officials on important national programs, such as the Veterans History Project."

"To help Ohioans share in the arts and culture of the national library, the Ohio Arts Council is proud to partner with the Library of Congress to bring their vast resources to the communities of Cleveland, Columbus and Cambridge. These workshops will help strengthen Ohio's already rich cultural life," said Executive Director Wayne Lawson, of the Ohio Arts Council.

On Friday, Nov. 14, invited guests to the Columbus Metropolitan Library will participate in workshops on "Preserving History in a Community." Conducted by Library of Congress specialists, these workshops will demonstrate how to conduct oral histories and how to preserve documents and books in library collections. Congressman Ney, Dr. Billington and other dignitaries will speak at an afternoon public reception to be hosted from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. by the Columbus Metropolitan Library. They will speak on "The Library of Congress as a Community Resource: Ties Between Ohio and the Library." The Columbus Metropolitan Library is at 96 S. Grant Ave.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 126 million items in all formats on which information is recorded. The collections of the Library are diverse and in more than 450 languages. The collections include nearly 19 million books, 2.6 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.9 million maps, 5 million music items and 56 million manuscripts. The resources of the national library are accessible to all Americans. Through its popular and educational Web site (www.loc.gov), the Library makes more than 8 million items freely available to anyone with Internet access. The Library was founded in 1800 and has grown into an unparalleled resource for knowledge and information.

The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to "foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage." This is achieved through the various grant-funding programs that the Council operates to provide support to artists and to make arts activities available to a broad segment of Ohio's public and by providing services that help to enhance growth through the arts.

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PR 03-193
10/31/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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