Nicole Saylor Appointed Director of American Folklife Center
Nicole “Nicki” Saylor has been appointed the fourth director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, effective May 22, 2022. Saylor succeeds Elizabeth Peterson, who retired from federal service in March.Before her new role at the American Folklife Center (AFC), Saylor served as chief of the Library’s Digital Innovation Lab, where she oversaw a team of innovation specialists who explore new...
May 19, 2022
Live at the Library to Feature Annie Leibovitz, Sean Doolittle of Washington Nationals in June
The Library of Congress continues its new Thursday evening series Live at the Library featuring special conversations with photographer Annie Leibovitz, baseball player and bookstore fan Sean Doolittle and more in June.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 food available for...
2022 FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community Excellence
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The fiscal year 2021 winners...
May 9, 2022
Exhibit and Digital Crowdsourcing Marks 200 Years of Frederick Law Olmsted
The Library of Congress is marking the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted — the landscape architect and writer who designed the U.S. Capitol grounds and many public parks and university campuses — with a display on view through June 4.The “Olmsted Bicentennial” exhibition is on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building in the Great Hall East and West galleries. This...
May 6, 2022
Library of Congress Awards More than $250,000 to Inaugural Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections
The Library of Congress today announced that three grants, totaling $250,000, have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Libraries, Archives, Museums, Minority-Serving Higher Education Institutions and Artists/Scholars. The 2022 awardees — Huston-Tillotson University in Texas, Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky, and Maya Cade, founder of the Black Film Archive in New York — will use these...
May 6, 2022
Concerts from the Library of Congress Presents Live Performances, Discussions in May and June
Concerts from the Library of Congress is celebrating the return of live events at the Library with a rich mix of classical chamber music, Latin jazz and a panoramic outlook on new music in America. All events are presented free of charge to the public. Patrons can register to attend in-person events by visiting loc.gov/concerts. Virtual programming will be presented on loc.gov/concerts and the...
May 5, 2022
Three-Part Series of Interviews with Award-Winning African Writers Debuts During Africa Month Celebrations
A three-part series of interviews with award-winning African writers will debut at the Library of Congress beginning today to coincide with Africa Month, an increasingly popular celebration of the continent’s peoples, cultures and history. The interviews are part of the “Conversations with African Poets and Writers Series” produced by the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division since 2008 to promote a greater cross-cultural understanding...
April 27, 2022
Jefferson Building Access Changes, April 28
On Thursday, April 28, 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 a special event until 1 p.m. Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open normal hours of service...
April 26, 2022
Jason Reynolds Expands Commitment to Rural America with In-Person Events This Spring
Jason Reynolds continues his work to empower students in rural and underserved communities in 2022 — his third year as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In May, Reynolds will kick off the first in-person leg of his “GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story” tour in Montana. Participating schools have never hosted an author visit and were selected from more than 200 proposals. As...
April 25, 2022
Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Award-Winning Playwright Neil Simon
The Library of Congress has acquired the manuscripts and papers of playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, the most commercially successful American playwright of the 20th century.The donation will be announced at a special event with actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, and Elaine Joyce Simon, actor and Simon’s widow, Monday night at the Library. The public is invited to join the event by...
April 22, 2022
Library Co-Publishes New Volume on History of the U.S. Supreme Court
A new volume in The Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the U.S. Supreme Court describes the closing of one era in constitutional jurisprudence and the opening of another. “The Hughes Court: From Progressivism to Pluralism, 1930 to 1941” is a comprehensive study of the court under the leadership of Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.Written by Mark V. Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor...
April 21, 2022
"Live at the Library" to Welcome Evening Visitors, Special Guests on Thursdays
The Library of Congress will create a new evening visitor experience featuring extended public hours on Thursday evenings and regular live programming as part of a new ongoing series, Live at the Library.“The nation’s library is a treasure chest, and we’re happy to welcome everyone on Thursday evenings for a new way to engage and experience the wide variety of cultural programs and collections...
April 13, 2022
National Recording Registry Inducts Music from Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Journey and More in 2022
Alicia Keys’ debut album “Songs in A Minor,” Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” are some of the unforgettable sounds of the nation’s history and culture joining the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The 2022 class includes important inductions of hip-hop and Latin music, including recordings by Linda Ronstadt, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan and...
April 5, 2022
Library to Celebrate Joy Harjo's Three Terms as U.S. Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress will celebrate Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. poet laureate, as her three terms in the position come to a conclusion with two public programs at the end of April.“For a remarkable three terms as U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo has tirelessly promoted Native poets and poetry,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “To her, poems are ‘carriers of...
April 1, 2022
Library Seeks Applicants for 2022 Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Archives, History and Heritage Advanced Internship Program, which will run from Sept. 12 -- Nov. 18, 2022. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate and doctoral students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world.The 2022 internship program will be a hybrid format that...
March 31, 2022
Library of Congress Opens Search for Next Innovator in Residence
The Library of Congress announced today that it is now accepting applications for the 2022 Innovator in Residence. Through May 2, 2022, the Library is inviting researchers, artists, and bold thinkers of all types to propose imaginative new experiments designed to open the Library’s vast treasure chest and connect its digital collections with Congress and the public.The 2022 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence...
March 30, 2022
Jefferson Building Access Changes, April 6
On Wednesday, April 6, a special event in the Great Hall will reduce access in the Jefferson Building. All exhibitions and the Library Shop in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress will be closed. The West Basement (Carriage) doors will be closed to staff, researchers and the general public.Researchers may access the Jefferson Building reading rooms as they will be open...
Photography Trailblazer's Collection Donated to Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has acquired the collection of a trailblazer in American photography, Robert Cornelius, including his camera lenses, daguerreotypes, cased portraits of his children and patent applications as a gift from his great-great granddaughter, Sarah Bodine. The collection expands the Library’s holdings that complement Cornelius’ famous 1839 self-portrait, which is the world’s oldest surviving portrait photograph.Cornelius was a metal worker and early...
March 22, 2022
Exhibition Showcases Photography from America's Library
The new exhibition, “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America’s Library,” offers a visual feast from the photography collections of the Library of Congress and its holdings of more than 15 million photographs. The exhibition opens March 23 and will be on view through fall 2024 at the Library. The exhibit was organized by the Annenberg Foundation and first shown at the Annenberg...
March 16, 2022
New Library of Congress Podcast Explores "Space on the Page"
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of “Space on the Page,” a new podcast that explores the universe not with a rocket but through ideas.In six episodes, hosts David Baron and Lucas Mix will interview authors and scientists who think and write about space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth. Baron and...
March 2, 2022
Programs Honor Women's History Month at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is holding several virtual events throughout March to share stories of women’s achievements and conversations around Women’s History Month. For visitors on site, the exhibition “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” remains on view.Women of the 117th Congress: Diverse Voices Making History Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m.The 117th Congress set a new record high for women’s representation in the legislature....
March 1, 2022
Springtime Traditions on Display with National Cherry Blossom Festival Events at the Library
The Library of Congress announces two cultural events during the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.The Library will host a virtual presentation series Wednesday through Friday, April 6 to 8, exploring visual art and stories from the Library’s collections. On Saturday, April 9, the Library will host its annual Japanese Culture...
February 28, 2022
Artists Celebrate Lionel Richie Receiving Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
The nation’s library, musical artists and American leaders honored pop music icon Lionel Richie in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, March 9, as he was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an all-star tribute concert.The lineup includes performances by previous Gershwin Prize honoree Gloria Estefan, Boyz II Men, Luke Bryan, Andra Day, Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Yolanda Adams, and a...
February 25, 2022
Library of Congress Acquires Joan Miró's 'Makemono' Scroll
The Library of Congress has acquired Joan Miró’s “Makemono,” a 32-foot-long illustrated scroll the Catalan surrealist painter created in 1956, modeled after picture and calligraphic scrolls of ancient East Asian origin. The color lithograph on silk scroll joins other original prints and illustrated books by Miró, both in the Aramont Library and the Rosenwald Collection in the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.Miró...
February 15, 2022
Spring Programming Announced for 2022 Concerts from the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress will present an exciting 22-event lineup of concerts, lectures, conversations with musicians and engaging educational programming in a packed spring season launching March 4. Featuring classical music, jazz and dance events, the series will offer both virtual and in-person programs.New American music is a special focus, with concerts showcasing a diverse and wide-ranging group of young American composers and the...
February 9, 2022
Supreme Court Fellows Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with Associate Justice Stephen Breyer for the 2022 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture on Thursday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST.This event will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/TavyI9kRuPM. Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut will introduce the event, and Counselor to the Chief Justice...
February 8, 2022
Copyright Historical Record Books Collection Available Online
The first 500 record books in the digitized Copyright Historical Record Books Collection are now available online. This collection is a preview of digitized historical record books that the Copyright Office plans to add to its Copyright Public Record System. This first release is part of a multi-year digitization project and includes applications for books registered with the Office from 1969 to 1977. The...
February 4, 2022
Programs Honor Black History Month at the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is holding several virtual events throughout February to share discoveries and stories significant to the history and conversations around Black History Month. For visitors on site, the exhibition “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” remains on view.Finding Pictures: African Americans in the MilitaryTuesday, Feb. 8, 12 p.m.This orientation session will include a brief introduction to images in the collections that...
February 3, 2022
Library to Create New Stereoscopic Photography Fellowship and Collection with National Stereoscopic Association
The Library of Congress will create a new National Stereoscopic Photography Research Collection, fellowship and public program in collaboration with the National Stereoscopic Association to support one of the nation’s largest collections of this photography format, the two organizations announced today.Stereographs are paired photographs that provide an illusion of three-dimensionality when placed in a special viewer called a stereoscope. They were among the first...
February 2, 2022
Library Releases Growing Coronavirus Web Archive Collection
After collecting a wide variety of web content documenting the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the Library of Congress is now making its growing Coronavirus Web Archive available to the public.The collection, which now includes 450 web archives, aims to balance government, science, business and policy content with human stories that will give future historians a sense of how the COVID-19 pandemic...
January 31, 2022
Library of Congress Announces 2022 Librarians-in-Residence Program
The Library of Congress has announced the 2022 Librarians-in-Residence Program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. Applications for the program will be accepted from Jan. 31 to March 3, 2022.The Library will select up to six applicants for a six-month residency to begin in September 2022. The program...
January 28, 2022
Library to Host Biannual Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting
The second public meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC) will take place virtually on February 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The meeting will include remarks from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and Library of Congress Chief Information Officer Judith Conklin, and an update on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) and related Copyright IT modernization efforts. Attendees...
January 26, 2022
Judge David R. Strickler Reappointed to Copyright Royalty Board
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reappointed Judge David R. Strickler as Copyright Royalty Judge to a six-year term. Strickler has served in the position since May 2013, when then-Librarian James H. Billington appointed him to fill a vacancy and complete the term of his predecessor. In 2016, Hayden reappointed Strickler to a six-year term. “Judge Strickler is a valuable member of and an asset...
January 26, 2022
Library to Archive American Society of Landscape Architects' Award-Winning Projects
The Library of Congress and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced today a collaboration to archive the society’s Professional Award winning projects, the first time that collections representing the international landscape architecture profession will be archived by a U.S. federal institution.While the Library of Congress has archived collections representing the professions of architecture, design and engineering since the 1800s, this collaboration reflects...
January 20, 2022
Library of Congress Rolls Out Third Season of 'America Works' Podcast
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is kicking off 2022 with the much-awaited third season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of American workers in the face of economic uncertainty. The new season, launched today, features riveting stories from a teacher and workers at a circus, a meat plant, a vineyard, and a now-closed Boeing...
January 19, 2022
Library of Congress Accepting Applications for 2022 Literacy Awards until March 4
Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards from Jan. 20 to March 4. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards — established by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein — were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad....
January 13, 2022
Lionel Richie to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that pop music icon Lionel Richie will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Richie will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will be broadcast nationally on PBS stations May 17 at 9 p.m. ET.A songwriting superstar of the first order, Richie is known for...
January 10, 2022
Library of Congress Acquires Kitchen Sisters' Audio Archive
For more than 40 years, radio and podcast producers, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, best known as The Kitchen Sisters on public radio, have chronicled the lives, rituals, triumphs and tribulations of people from all walks of life, weaving together a rich tapestry of America’s cultural heritage. Now the Library of Congress is acquiring their full body of work, including more than 7,000 hours...
December 16, 2021
Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Welcomes New Program Director
The Library of Congress has welcomed Marya McQuirter as program director for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI). The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative is the key digital component of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, a multiyear, Library-wide effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Of the People: Widening the Path, connects the national library more deeply with Black, Indigenous...
December 14, 2021
'Return of the Jedi' Among 25 Eclectic Films Joining 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 epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary animated features, comedy and music, and films...
December 9, 2021
New Book Explores the Legacy of Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy"
Dante Alighieri’s Italian narrative poem, “The Divine Comedy” has been one of the foundational texts of European literature for over 700 years. This richly layered literary work has been interpreted in many different ways over the centuries. Yet, many mysteries still remain about its symbolism.In the new book, “The Unexpected Dante: Perspectives on the Divine Comedy,” five leading scholars offer fresh perspectives on the...
December 8, 2021
Library of Congress Announces Music Commissions from the 2021 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 performances of the newly composed works.Winning composers for 2021 and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Katherine Balch and Longleash; Helen Grime and the Boston Symphony...
December 7, 2021
John W. Kluge Center Welcomes into Residence Experts on U.S. Relations with Russia and China
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has welcomed two new scholars whose work deals with pressing topics in international relations. Andrew Weiss will begin his appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations in December 2021. Mary Lovely will begin her appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations in January 2022. Weiss and Lovely will make use...
December 1, 2021
Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2021 Holland Prize Winner
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2021 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to a student at the University of Notre Dame for a drawing of the historic St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, the church’s original name, in Kendallville, Indiana. The Holland Prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.The prize was awarded to...
December 1, 2021
Leading Scientists and Clinicians Discuss Cancer Immunotherapy at Cancer Moonshot Symposium
Leading scientists and clinicians will discuss the latest in cancer immunotherapy on Monday, Dec. 6, at the annual “Cancer Moonshot” symposium hosted by the Library of Congress Health Services Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division.Since December 2016, when Congress passed the groundbreaking bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, championed by then-Vice President, Joe Biden, the Library of Congress has hosted a symposium on...
November 30, 2021
Old Phone Books Teach New Lessons in Digital Scholarship
Library of Congress innovation specialists examining the role of human expertise and experience in developing machine-powered research tools today released a report detailing their findings. The “Humans in the Loop” recommendation report from LC Labs details the potential and responsibility of the Library of Congress in its ongoing work to deepen access to its vast collections and share knowledge with other institutions.The Library’s digital...