News from the Library of Congress

November 2022

  • November 18, 2022  (22-104)
    Library of Congress Appoints Natalie Merchant, Martha González and Ricardo L. Punzalan to American Folklife Center's Board of Trustees The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of prominent musicians and scholars to the American Folklife Center’s board of trustees, who will provide crucial advice and policy direction for the center over a six-year term. Platinum-selling recording artist Natalie Merchant, musician and Macarthur Fellow Martha González and community archiving scholar Ricardo L. Punzalan have been appointed to the American Folklife Center Board of...
    • Date: 2022-11-18
  • November 18, 2022  (22-105)
    Library of Congress to Host Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa The Library of Congress will host Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium to discuss her upcoming book, “How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for the Future.”In one of Ressa’s few appearances in the United States for her memoir, the Nobel Prize-winning journalist will be in conversation with Roswell Encina,...
    • Date: 2022-11-18
  • November 17, 2022  (22-103)
    Live at the Library to Feature Special Preview of New Exhibit, Bobbitt Prize Honorees in December Visitors will have the chance to preview the Library’s newest exhibition, “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America” and are invited to celebrate the holidays with the Library during Live at the Library in December. Winners of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove and Heid E. Erdrich, will also be honored during a special reading.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s...
    • Date: 2022-11-17
  • November 15, 2022  (22-102)
    Library of Congress Awards Bobbitt Poetry Prizes to Rita Dove and Heid E. Erdrich The Library of Congress will award the 2022 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry to former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove for lifetime achievement and to Heid E. Erdrich for her poetry collection “Little Big Bully.”The poets will receive their honors and read selections from their work on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. The reading is...
    • Date: 2022-11-15
  • November 14, 2022  (22-099)
    Library of Congress Opens Award Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovations and successes of federal libraries, librarians and library technicians in meeting the information demands of government, businesses, scholarly communities and the public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2022.For nomination materials, visit the “awards” section of the FEDLINK website or email...
    • Date: 2022-11-14
  • November 10, 2022  (20-098)
    2023 Innovator in Residence Rebuilds and Revisits Lost Communities The Library of Congress has appointed Rhode Island artist, educator and community-focused researcher Jeffrey Yoo Warren as 2023 Innovator in Residence. With his project, Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational Reconstructions of Erased Historic Neighborhoods of Color, Yoo Warren will use photographs, maps, film and audio recordings from Library collections to build an immersive digital 3D model of historic Chinatowns in Providence, Rhode Island and another...
    • Date: 2022-11-10
  • November 10, 2022  (22-097)
    Library of Congress Celebrates Successful Literacy Practices with 2022 Literacy Award Winners In celebration of the 2022 Literacy Awards winners and honorees, the Library of Congress will present a five-part webinar series to begin next month. A video and Story Map that are now available explore the impact of this year’s winners and honorees on individuals around the world through their successful literacy programs.The free, live webinar series will begin on Dec. 15, 2022, with a...
    • Date: 2022-11-10
  • November 9, 2022  (22-100)
    Library Explores the Role of GIS in Addressing Humanitarian Disasters The Library of Congress will highlight the role that geospatial data and GIS technologies can play in creating positive change in the face of global humanitarian challenges to mark GIS Day on Nov. 16. Geography enthusiasts, teachers, students and professionals celebrate GIS Day across the globe with community events to highlight the benefits of geospatial science and technology in addressing the world’s challenges. This...
    • Date: 2022-11-09
  • November 2, 2022  (22-091)
    Library Seeks Applicants for 2023 Junior Fellows Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its Junior Fellows Program, a summer internship held from May 22, 2023, to July 28, 2023. This 10-week, full-time paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and conducting research using the resources of the world’s largest library. Remote and onsite project opportunities are available. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov....
    • Date: 2022-11-02
  • November 1, 2022  (22-095)
    Kislak Family Foundation Gives $10M to Create New Gallery Exploring History of Early Americas at Library of Congress The Kislak Family Foundation is donating $10 million to create a new exhibition at the Library of Congress that will share a fuller history of the early Americas, featuring the acclaimed Jay I. Kislak Collection of artifacts, paintings, maps, rare books and documents, the Library announced today. The new Kislak Gallery will be part of a reimagined visitor experience at the national library in...
    • Date: 2022-11-01

October 2022

September 2022

  • September 22, 2022  (22-083)
    Live at the Library to Feature Giant Bible of Mainz in October The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will feature a rare viewing of one of the Library’s treasures, the Giant Bible of Mainz, in celebration of National German-American Friendship Day.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy hour drinks and snacks available for...
    • Date: 2022-09-22
  • September 21, 2022  (22-084)
    Library of Congress Launches Effort to Transform Collections Management and Access The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the Library’s vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions.The new Library Collections Access Platform software application will serve as the heart of the Library’s collections management operations, connecting several...
    • Date: 2022-09-21
  • September 20, 2022  (22-081)
    Library Welcomes Teachers to Advance Accessibility of Primary Sources for Educators The Library of Congress kicked off the 2022-2023 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Jacqueline Katz and Caneisha Mills will work closely with staff in the Library’s Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible for teachers, students and families throughout the United States.Jacqueline Katz, a high school science teacher from...
    • Date: 2022-09-20
  • September 14, 2022  (22-078)
    Chronicling America Reaches 50 States Chronicling America, the searchable online database of historic American newspapers, will soon include digitized newspapers from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed and maintained online at the Library of Congress, Chronicling America offers free online access to 19.9 million pages of newspapers published in the United...
    • Date: 2022-09-14
  • September 12, 2022  (22-077)
    Library of Congress Announces Fall 2022 Concert Series Concerts from the Library of Congress will return to the historic Coolidge Auditorium for the 2022-2023 season. The fall series begins Oct. 14 with multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Magda Giannikou and her global pop ensemble Banda Magda. The following day, the Apollon Musagète Quartet performs the Shostakovich piano quintet with pianist Garrick Ohlsson.All events are presented live in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, free of...
    • Date: 2022-09-12
  • September 8, 2022  (22-076)
    Library of Congress Announces Winners of 2022 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to Street Child, Make Way for Books and Young African Refugees for Integral Development.The Literacy Awards Program, originated by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable...
    • Date: 2022-09-08
  • September 7, 2022  (22-075)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Director of the John W. Kluge Center Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Kevin Butterfield as director of the John W. Kluge Center. A noted historian, Butterfield brings two decades of experience teaching, writing and directing major research centers.“We’re thrilled to have Kevin Butterfield joining our team at the Library of Congress,” Hayden said. “His award-winning record of leadership in the field of early U.S. history speaks...
    • Date: 2022-09-07

August 2022

  • August 30, 2022  (22-073)
    A Festival for Families: National Book Festival Offers Activities for Children, Families Children, teens and families will find a full schedule of free activities at the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3.The schedule is online and can be sorted by stage and by area of interest. This year’s festival offers three stages for young readers: Please Read Me a Story, KidLit and Young Adult. The schedule also includes book signings, hands-on...
    • Date: 2022-08-30
  • August 26, 2022  (22-072)
    Library to Host Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum on Sept. 21 The Library of Congress will hold a free virtual forum on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT to discuss Congress.gov, the authoritative source for federal legislative information, and to receive public feedback about the site. Registration is open to all. The Library encourages everyone interested in legislative data, from experienced Congress.gov users to those who may be new to tracking federal...
    • Date: 2022-08-26
  • August 25, 2022  (22-070)
    Join the 'Team That Reads' for Library of Congress Night at Nationals Park on Aug. 30 Book and baseball lovers are invited to join Library of Congress Night at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when the Washington Nationals take on the Oakland Athletics at 7:05 p.m. The evening will highlight the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will throw out the first pitch of the game.The 2022 Library of...
    • Date: 2022-08-25
  • August 25, 2022  (22-071)
    Live at the Library to Feature Actor Frances McDormand, Poet Laureate Ada Limón in September The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will feature special events with actor Frances McDormand in conversation with radio and podcast producers the Kitchen Sisters, the inaugural reading of U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón and more in September.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for extended hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to...
    • Date: 2022-08-25
  • August 10, 2022  (22-069)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Partners With PBS Books to Feature Literary Voices from the Festival Book lovers across the nation can enjoy an early literary taste of the 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Books, which will host a series of virtual interviews with some of the festival’s featured authors beginning Aug. 15.This marks the seventh collaboration between the Library of Congress National Book Festival and PBS Books, a national programming initiative produced by Detroit Public...
    • Date: 2022-08-10
  • August 4, 2022  (22-064)
    Library Acquires Original Artwork by Children's Author Vera B. Williams The Library of Congress has acquired the original watercolor illustrations created by Vera B. Williams for her children’s books, “A Chair for Always” (2009) and “Cherries and Cherry Pits” (1986). The collection was acquired from Williams’ children on behalf of the Vera B. Williams Trust.Award-winning author and illustrator Vera B. Williams (1927-2015) brought to life the voices and imaginations of working-class children in loving...
    • Date: 2022-08-04
  • August 1, 2022  (22-068)
    Copyright Online Recordation System Opens for Public Use Culminating over two years of software development and extensive user-experience testing, the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office have opened the new Copyright Recordation System of the Enterprise Copyright System, a new technology platform, for use by the general public.“The Copyright Office is extremely pleased to open the new online recordation system to the public today,” said Denise Wofford, assistant register...
    • Date: 2022-08-01

July 2022

  • July 29, 2022  (22-067)
    August Film Screenings at the Packard Campus Theater A sampling of various film genres named to the National Film Registry for posterity will be showcased in August at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia.The series will offer a film every Friday at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturdays at 2 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening. Programs are free and the matinee shows will be family friendly....
    • Date: 2022-07-29
  • July 28, 2022  (22-065)
    Library of Congress Appoints Leaders to Advance Digital-Forward Strategy for Discovery and Preservation of Collections The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two digital transformation leaders to direct acquisition, discovery, use and preservation of the Library’s collections.Kate Zwaard has been appointed associate librarian for Discovery and Preservation Services. A strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government and libraries, Zwaard will lead more than 600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation and discovery of Library collections....
    • Date: 2022-07-28
  • July 21, 2022  (22-066)
    Explore Library Collections, Reading Rooms During Live at the Library The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will offer a special opportunity for visitors to explore the Library of Congress’ reading rooms, collections and exhibitions in August. Visitors are also invited to a special celebration of audiobooks and the Library’s recorded sound collections.Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson Building. Visit loc.gov/visit to reserve your pass for Live at...
    • Date: 2022-07-21
  • July 18, 2022  (22-063)
    Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge David P. Shaw as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Shaw will be replacing Chief Judge Suzanne Barnett who returned from retirement on Nov. 8, 2021, to serve as interim chief copyright royalty judge."It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Judge Shaw and...
    • Date: 2022-07-18
  • July 14, 2022  (22-061)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup The 2022 Library of Congress National Book Festival returns to the Washington Convention Center this Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3, featuring more than 120 authors, poets and writers, and celebrating the festival theme, “Books Bring Us Together.”With the return to an in-person festival, attendees will find sessions that reflect their lives and interests in the lineup of diverse offerings. Books in all...
    • Date: 2022-07-14
  • July 12, 2022  (22-060)
    Librarian of Congress Names Ada Limón the Nation's 24th U.S. Poet Laureate Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Ada Limón as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2022-2023. Limón will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 29 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.“Ada Limón is a poet who connects,” Hayden said. “Her accessible, engaging poems ground...
    • Date: 2022-07-12
  • July 12, 2022  (22-A03)
    Jefferson Building Access Changes, July 12 On Tuesday, July 12, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Jefferson Building. The Great Hall, adjacent exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed for the entire day.Researchers may access all Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service with regular access, except...
    • Date: 2022-07-12
  • July 7, 2022  (22-062)
    Library to Host Biannual Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting on July 28 The third public meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee will take place virtually on July 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. EST. The meeting will include remarks from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and Judith Conklin, the Library’s chief information officer, as well as an update on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) and related copyright IT modernization efforts. ECS is...
    • Date: 2022-07-07

June 2022

  • June 30, 2022  (22-057)
    Jesmyn Ward to Receive 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Jesmyn Ward. At 45, Ward is the youngest person to receive the Library’s fiction award for her lifetime of work.One of the Library’s most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished...
    • Date: 2022-06-30
  • June 29, 2022  (22-058)
    Library's Packard Campus Theater Resumes Film Screenings The Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater will reopen its doors to patrons with a new season of film screenings on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning July 15.The relaunch of the film screenings at the art deco theater has several new offerings focused on a different theme every month. In July, “Packard Campus Potpourri” will include a selection of fan favorites and staff requests. Themes...
    • Date: 2022-06-29
  • June 23, 2022  (22-056)
    Visitors Invited to Explore Library Reading Rooms and Collections in July The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library will offer the special opportunity for visitors to explore the Library of Congress’ reading rooms and collections in July – as well as enjoy summer movies and concerts on the lawn.Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson Building.Visit loc.gov/visit to reserve your pass for Live at the Library.On Thursday evenings the Library’s...
    • Date: 2022-06-23
  • June 22, 2022  (22-053)
    Library of Congress to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Historian of LGBTQ+ Life George Chauncey Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that historian George Chauncey will receive the 2022 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity. Chauncey is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University, a position he has held since 2017, and he directs the Columbia Research Institute on the Global History of Sexualities.“Professor Chauncey’s trailblazing career gave us all...
    • Date: 2022-06-22
  • June 21, 2022  (22-055)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Jennifer Meehan Director of Special Collections Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress’ Special Collections Directorate effective Aug. 1. Meehan’s career spans over 18 years in academic and research institutions in positions of progressive responsibility including 14 years of management and leadership experience. She currently serves as head of the Eberly Family Special Collections...
    • Date: 2022-06-21
  • June 16, 2022  (22-054)
    Copyright Claims Board Officially Opens to Hear Claims The Library of Congress and United States Copyright Office today announced that the Copyright Claims Board is officially open and available to hear certain copyright disputes involving claims of up to $30,000. As of today, parties can file claims, opt out of a proceeding, reference Copyright Claims Board Handbook materials and contact the board with questions. Eligible claims include copyright infringement, noninfringement, or misrepresentations...
    • Date: 2022-06-16
  • June 14, 2022  (22-052)
    Exhibit and Panel of Historians Mark 50 Years Since Watergate A new exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, exploring the role of the press, Congress, the courts and President Richard Nixon’s administration. The exhibit draws from 24 Library of Congress Manuscript Division collections, several of which were recently acquired or opened, in law, journalism and government.On view through Sept. 3 in the Great Hall of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, the...
    • Date: 2022-06-14
  • June 13, 2022  (22-051)
    Library of Congress Holds Online Workshops to Foster Understanding of Islam The Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division will host four workshops focusing on “Islam in Africa and the Middle East” beginning Friday, June 17, and continuing through November to foster a better understanding of Islamic culture. The online workshops are part of the Exploring Challenging Conversations planning project funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. to enhance public awareness of cross-regional...
    • Date: 2022-06-13
  • June 7, 2022  (22-048)
    Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Second Round of Grant Opportunities for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Higher Education Institutions Educational and cultural institutions that seek to amplify the stories of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and other communities of color by using the Library’s digital collections are invited to apply for the second round of grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.The Connecting Communities Digital...
    • Date: 2022-06-07
  • June 2, 2022  (22-049)
    Library to Present 5th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn The Library of Congress will host its fifth annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer, starting July 7. The series of movies from the Library’s National Film Registry will be presented Thursday evenings at sundown on the southeast lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Film screenings will include open captions. Music will be presented prior to each film, with...
    • Date: 2022-06-02

May 2022

  • May 31, 2022  (22-046)
    Library of Congress Offers Second Round of Grant Funding to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities The Library of Congress is offering the second round of grants available to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. The Community Collections Grants from the Library’s American Folklife Center offer a wide range of opportunities for many to document experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s...
    • Date: 2022-05-31
  • May 27, 2022  (22-047)
    Kluge Center Welcomes Chairs and Distinguished Visiting Scholars into Residence Seven scholars holding distinguished visiting scholar and chair positions at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress are beginning their terms in residence in the spring and early summer 2022.These positions are filled by invitation of the Librarian of Congress, and scholars enjoy individual offices in the Jefferson Building, where they engage in writing and research and interact with other scholars...
    • Date: 2022-05-27
  • May 27, 2022  (22-044)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to Summer Internship Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 46 undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students to its Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program to complete 27 projects. The 2022 cohort marks more than three decades that this signature initiative of the Library has been offered to students. The program is being offered as a virtual internship for the third year in a row, following a...
    • Date: 2022-05-27