News from the Library of Congress

January 2023

December 2022

  • December 16, 2022  (PR-121)
    Library of Congress Announces New General Counsel Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Margaret Williams will become General Counsel of the Library of Congress effective New Year’s Day. Williams has been at the Library for 35 years, serving most recently as Deputy General Counsel. She succeeds Elizabeth Pugh who will retire on December 31, after a distinguished 44-year career with the federal government including 22 years at the Library.“Elizabeth...
    • Date: 2022-12-16
  • December 14, 2022  (22-120)
    25 Eclectic Films Chosen for National Film Registry Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include a vibrant diversity of American filmmakers, as well as landmark works in key genres and numerous documentaries.The 2022...
    • Date: 2022-12-14
  • December 12, 2022  (22-110)
    Library Announces 2022 Music Commissions from Koussevitzky Foundation The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere of each work.Winning composers for 2022 and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Marcos Balter and the New York New Music Ensemble; Oscar Bettison and loadbang,...
    • Date: 2022-12-12
  • December 8, 2022  (22-A04)
    Holiday Schedule Dec. 2022-Jan. 2023 The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2022 and early January 2023:Saturday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)The Thomas Jefferson Building will be open to visitors with timed-entry passes from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Madison and Adams buildings and all Library of Congress reading rooms will be CLOSED.Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)All Library buildings...
    • Date: 2022-12-08
  • December 6, 2022  (22-109)
    Join In: New Library of Congress Exhibition Features History of Voluntary Associations in America The newest exhibition at the Library of Congress, “Join In: Voluntary Associations in America,” explores America’s history as a “nation of joiners” and our long tradition of volunteering for a wide range of groups and causes. The exhibition opens to the public Dec. 16 and will be on view through Dec. 31, 2023.Americans have a longstanding impulse to join together for common purposes, such...
    • Date: 2022-12-06
  • December 5, 2022  (22-108)
    Library to Celebrate Jason Reynolds' Three Years as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature The Library of Congress and Every Child a Reader will celebrate the end of Jason Reynolds’ unprecedented three-year term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature with local students in the Washington, D.C., area on Dec. 13.“Jason Reynolds’ tenure as National Ambassador has been nothing short of magic,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “For three years, Jason toured the country, empowering students to...
    • Date: 2022-12-05

November 2022

  • November 28, 2022  (22-106)
    Library of Congress Hosts Virtual Panel on Future of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment The Library of Congress will host its annual Cancer Moonshot panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Led by the Health Services Division at the Library, the virtual event will bring together leading scientists and a White House representative to discuss advances in cancer prevention, detection and treatment.What: Virtual Cancer Moonshot PanelWhen: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon ETWhere: Online....
    • Date: 2022-11-28
  • 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  (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 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 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

  • October 27, 2022  (20-094)
    Library of Congress Acquires Rare Codex from Central Mexico The Library of Congress has acquired the San Salvador Huejotzingo Codex, which documents legal proceedings from 1571 in which Indigenous Nahuatl officials in central Mexico accused their village’s Spanish canon, or administrator, of mistreatment, harassment and underpayment.The codex contains new details about the earliest legal structures in Mexico after Spanish colonization and the way Indigenous people used Spanish laws to defend their rights. The...
    • Date: 2022-10-27
  • October 25, 2022  (22-089)
    Library of Congress Acquires Historical Airfare Collection The Library of Congress has acquired 1,588 volumes of airline tariffs, rules and routes from the Airline Tariff Publishing Company, ensuring that future generations will see how flights were sold, ticketed and distributed from the 1940s through the dawn of the internet age.Since 1965, the company has collected and distributed the world’s fare and fare-related data to the global ecosystem so travel agents, airlines,...
    • Date: 2022-10-25
  • October 20, 2022  (22-093)
    Live at the Library to Mark 125th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson Building, Veterans Day in November The new Thursday evening series Live at the Library is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building with a rare open house and concert. Later in November for Veterans Day, the Library will honor veteran stories with a special music and narrative performance.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions are open for...
    • Date: 2022-10-20
  • October 17, 2022  (22-090)
    Scholar at the Library of Congress Identifies the First Motion Picture Ever Copyrighted Claudy Op den Kamp, a film scholar at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center, has solved a longstanding mystery by identifying the first U.S. motion picture ever copyrighted – “The Blacksmith Shop” by Thomas Edison.For decades, scholars have mined copyright records at the Library — home to the U.S. Copyright Office — to piece together the story of early cinema. It has...
    • Date: 2022-10-17
  • October 12, 2022  (22-092)
    Library to Host Halloween Family Day with Authors R.L. Stine and Mary Pope Osborne The Library of Congress will host a day of family-friendly activities on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The day will feature a special program at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium with beloved authors R.L. Stine, author of the “Goosebumps” series, and Mary Pope Osborne, author of the “Magic Tree House” series.Free timed-entry passes are required to enter the Thomas Jefferson...
    • Date: 2022-10-12

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