News from the Library of Congress

September 2021

August 2021

  • August 30, 2021  (21-046)
    Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of Latin American, Caribbean and European Division The Library of Congress has appointed Suzanne Schadl as the chief of the Latin American, Caribbean and European Division. Schadl brings more than 25 years of experience as a scholar, educator, and librarian in library leadership and international studies.Since 2018, Schadl has served as Chief of the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress, where she led efforts to successfully rebrand the Archive of...
    • Date: 2021-08-30
  • August 25, 2021  (21-043)
    Library of Congress and Harvard University Form Historic Collaboration on Islamic Law Collections The Library of Congress and Harvard Law School have initiated an unprecedented, multifaceted joint collaboration to identify, select and assess the copyright status of materials focusing on national legal gazettes.The effort, initially set for three years, will coordinate access to, knowledge-sharing, and legal analysis of Library of Congress’ collections related to Islamic law, including national legal gazettes, manuscripts and other materials. It will also...
    • Date: 2021-08-25
  • August 24, 2021  (21-045)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Schedule of Events The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors, poets and writers in a range of formats — all celebrating the festival theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” The 2021 virtual festival programs will roll out over 10 days in an extended schedule Sept. 17-26.The schedule of programs is now available on loc.gov/bookfest. The 2021 festival will invite...
    • Date: 2021-08-24
  • August 17, 2021  (21-044)
    LeVar Burton to Host TV Special Featuring Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Television viewers can see an inspiring introduction to the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival and its exciting lineup of authors, poets and writers in a one-hour special this September on PBS.“Open a Book, Open the World: The Library of Congress National Book Festival,” hosted by LeVar Burton, will premiere Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org...
    • Date: 2021-08-17
  • August 12, 2021  (21-042)
    Librarian of Congress Announces Three Executive Appointments Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced three top leadership appointments that together bring decades of experience in the field of library advocacy, services, management, and planning.Jason Broughton will serve as Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Aslihan Bulut has been appointed as Law Librarian of Congress, and Robin Dale has been named Deputy Librarian for Library Collections...
    • Date: 2021-08-12
  • August 3, 2021  (21-041)
    Library of Congress to Host Congress.gov Public Forum On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Library of Congress will host a virtual public forum to provide an update on the latest enhancements to Congress.gov and to gather feedback about the site, which serves as the official, authoritative source for federal legislative information.Building on the public forum hosted in September 2020, participants will hear from Library technology specialists, legislative information experts and data partners from...
    • Date: 2021-08-03

July 2021

  • July 29, 2021  (21-040)
    Speculative Annotation Invites Public to Interact with Digitized Collections at the Library of Congress Students, educators and learners of all ages are invited to interact with select items in the Library’s collections with the launch of Speculative Annotation, the latest experiment from LC Labs.Created by artist and 2021 Innovator in Residence Courtney McClellan, Speculative Annotation is an open-source dynamic web application and public art project. The app presents a unique mini collection of free-to-use items from the Library...
    • Date: 2021-07-29
  • July 23, 2021  (21-039)
    Library of Congress Offers Grants to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants 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 will enable many to document their cultural life and experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s holdings with...
    • Date: 2021-07-23
  • July 6, 2021  (21-037)
    Library of Congress Adds 'A Century of Lawmaking' to Congress.gov The Library of Congress announced today that U.S. congressional records dating back to the days of printing presses and the telegraph are now easily accessible on mobile devices. With this latest update of Congress.gov — the official website for U.S. federal legislative information — the Library has transitioned over 33,000 bills and resolutions crafted by Congress between 1799 and 1873 (the 6th to 42nd...
    • Date: 2021-07-06

June 2021

  • June 30, 2021  (21-035)
    Joy Williams to Receive 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to Joy Williams, who is receiving the prize for a lifetime of outstanding 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 not only for its mastery of the...
    • Date: 2021-06-30
  • June 24, 2021  (21-036)
    Library of Congress to Celebrate the Return of Visitors to the Thomas Jefferson Building in July The Library of Congress will re-open its doors to visitors with free but limited timed and ticketed entry three days a week, starting on Thursday, July 15. Guests will be able to explore the spectacular Thomas Jefferson Building and several exhibits, including Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words, Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote, Thomas Jefferson’s Library, Exploring the Early Americas,...
    • Date: 2021-06-24
  • June 22, 2021  (21-034)
    Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office’s modernization initiative. The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021.As announced in the Federal Register in February 2021, the CPMC is...
    • Date: 2021-06-22
  • June 21, 2021  (21-030)
    New Book Explores Views of Japan Over Time through American Children's Books Beginning in the 19th century, children’s books provided American readers with their first impressions of Japan. Packed with fascinating details about daily life in a distant land, these publications often presented a mixture of facts, stereotypes and complete fabrications.“Japan and American Children’s Books: A Journey” documents the evolving portrayal of Japan in American children’s books over nearly 200 years, highlighting the shift from fanciful...
    • Date: 2021-06-21
  • June 21, 2021  (21-033)
    Library to Present 4th Annual Summer Movies on the Lawn The Library of Congress will host its fourth annual “Summer Movies on the Lawn” outdoor film festival this summer, starting on July 15. The series of five movies, which showcases iconic films from the Library’s National Film Registry, will be presented on Thursday evenings at sundown between July 15 and Aug. 12 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the...
    • Date: 2021-06-21
  • June 17, 2021  (21-032)
    Renowned Digital Humanities Researchers Begin Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Three renowned researchers in digital humanities and computer science are joining forces with the Library of Congress on three inaugural Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud projects, exploring how biblical quotations, photographic styles and “fuzzy searches” reveal more about the collections in the world’s largest Library than first meets the eye.Supported by a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded in...
    • Date: 2021-06-17
  • June 16, 2021  (21-031)
    Veterans History Project Hosts June Panel on Post-Traumatic Stress and the Healing Power of Song The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will observe Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month with a panel discussion on Wednesday, June 23, as part of a virtual program titled “Post Traumatic Stress & Music: The Healing Power of Song.”The discussion will debut at 8 p.m. ET through the Veterans History Project Facebook page where panelists and a moderator will be available to answer questions...
    • Date: 2021-06-16
  • June 9, 2021  (21-029)
    Kluge Center to Host Pillars of Democracy Series on Strengthening US Institutions A series of new events from the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Pillars of Democracy, will examine the challenges facing major institutions in American society. The series will debut in July and continue through May 2022.From the branches of government to religious and civic organizations, the media and political parties, key foundations of American life are less respected, less...
    • Date: 2021-06-09
  • June 8, 2021  (21-028)
    Library of Congress Acquires Audio Diaries from Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 The Library of Congress has acquired audio diaries featuring more than 200 frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, a collection that provides first-hand testimonies from hospitals and communities across the country as the public health crisis unfolded. The audio library was donated by The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community and podcast.The majority of the recordings were originally collected for...
    • Date: 2021-06-08
  • June 7, 2021  (21-027)
    Create Your National Book Festival Experience Over 10 Days in Multiple Formats The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will invite audiences to create their own festival experiences from programs in a range of formats and an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. The spectacular lineup includes authors, poets and illustrators from America and around the world.This year’s festival offers a variety of ways to access programs, allowing attendees to...
    • Date: 2021-06-07

May 2021

  • May 27, 2021  (21-026)
    New Report Examines Changes to Copyright Law for Sound Recordings Significant updates have been made to American copyright law governing music licensing and sound recordings, and these changes carry implications for libraries and archives across the country, as detailed in a new report published today by the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.Passed by Congress in 2018, the Orrin G. Hatch — Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act constitutes some of the...
    • Date: 2021-05-27
  • May 25, 2021  (21-025)
    Library Welcomes Junior Fellows to Summer Internship Program The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 42 undergraduate and graduate students to its Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. The 2021 cohort marks the 30th class of Junior Fellows, a signature initiative of the Library’s since 1991.The program is being offered as a virtual internship for the second year in a row, consistent with restrictions and health guidance in response to the...
    • Date: 2021-05-25
  • May 24, 2021  (21-023)
    Library Announces Literary Series Programs for June 2021 The Library of Congress continues its series of online literary events with programs featuring author Paul Hendrickson, whose biography on Frank Lloyd Wright was created through extensive use of the Library’s collections, and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Edith Grossman, his Spanish-to-English translator.All programs will be virtual and available on the Library’s website at loc.gov/collections/event-videos/, as well as...
    • Date: 2021-05-24
  • May 20, 2021  (21-024)
    Library of Congress to Reopen Four Reading Rooms in June Please note the guidance on masks has been updated: masks will be required for researchers and visitors. Specific instructions will be provided to researchers as appointments are confirmed. Beginning on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, the Library of Congress will reopen four reading rooms to allow research access for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only, the Library announced today.This represents the first...
    • Date: 2021-05-20
  • May 12, 2021  (21-022)
    FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community Trailblazers 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 2020 winners...
    • Date: 2021-05-12
  • May 11, 2021  (PR 21-021)
    Library of Congress Presents Awards to Two Libraries for their Outstanding Service to Readers with Disabilities The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress today honored two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities.The Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled in Des Moines, Iowa, received the 2020–2021 Regional Library of the Year Award, while the Bayside Area and Special Services Library...
    • Date: 2021-05-11
  • May 3, 2021  (21-020)
    'Living Nations, Living Words' Poetry Anthology Available Edited by Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” is a powerful, moving anthology that celebrates the breadth of Native poets writing today. The new anthology is published by W. W. Norton & Company in association with the Library of Congress.As Poet Laureate, Harjo has championed the voices of...
    • Date: 2021-05-03

April 2021

  • April 29, 2021  (21-019)
    Library Announces Grant Opportunity to Enhance Teaching with Primary Sources The Library of Congress today announced fiscal year 2022 Teaching with Primary Sources grant opportunities. Applications are sought from organizations that aim to incorporate Library of Congress resources into educational programs and materials for learners representing diverse professions and communities.The application deadline is May 28, 2021. For more information about the application requirements and selection criteria, see the “Teaching with Primary Sources Funding Opportunity...
    • Date: 2021-04-29
  • April 26, 2021  (21-018)
    Veterans History Project Spotlights Military Mothers with May Panel Discussion Mothers have volunteered to serve in the military since the Revolutionary War, where they held traditional roles as nurses, seamstresses or cooks and, since 2015, in designated frontline combat roles. On Thursday, May 6 at 12 p.m. EST, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) invites the public to a virtual panel titled “Motherhood and the Military” through the VHP Facebook page. The...
    • Date: 2021-04-26
  • April 15, 2021  (21-017)
    New Season of 'America Works' Podcast Celebrates Resiliency of American Workforce The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is bringing more workers’ voices from around the country to listeners with the second season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of the American workforce during a time of economic challenge and transition.Each 10-minute episode of “America Works” introduces listeners to an individual worker whose first-person narrative adds to...
    • Date: 2021-04-15

March 2021

  • March 24, 2021  (21-015)
    National Recording Registry Adds 'Rhythm Nation' Among 25 New Selections Janet Jackson’s clarion call for action and healing in “Rhythm Nation 1814” now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Nas’ “Illmatic,” Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration,” and Kermit the Frog’s “The Rainbow Connection.”Librarian of Congress...
    • Date: 2021-03-24
  • March 23, 2021  (21-011)
    Library Debuts New Video Series for 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival The Library of Congress celebrates the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival by debuting a new video series that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. “Cherry Blossom Viewing over the Centuries” features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from Library collections, including watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, vintage photos and beautifully designed posters from Japanese and American...
    • Date: 2021-03-23
  • March 18, 2021  (21-016)
    Library Announces Literary Series Programs for Spring 2021 The Library of Congress continues its series of diverse literary events with two-time Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead; Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o; a celebration of the world-renowned comic book artist, writer, editor and DC Comics publisher Jim Lee for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month; and a three-part feature on “the talk” – the conversation parents have with their children about race.All programs will be virtual and...
    • Date: 2021-03-18
  • March 11, 2021  (21-014)
    Veterans History Project Highlights Farming as Viable Career Path with Two Panels in March The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host two panels to highlight farming as a viable career path for veterans transitioning to civilian life and to introduce programs that support those who pursue farming.The events, focused on the benefits and challenges of farming in urban and rural settings, will premiere on the VHP’s Facebook page. Panelists and moderators will be available to...
    • Date: 2021-03-11
  • March 2, 2021  (21-010)
    Library of Congress Builds New Collections Documenting COVID-19 Pandemic As the world marks the one-year anniversary of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Library of Congress has been collecting materials and documenting this time in history through a variety of initiatives.The Library’s rapid-response collecting since the start of lockdowns and social distancing measures over the past year has included acquiring photographs that document the pandemic’s impact on individuals and communities, capturing artists’ responses to...
    • Date: 2021-03-02
  • March 1, 2021  (21-012)
    Biography Brings Life of Photographer Russell Lee Out of the Shadows, Drawing on Library's Photography Archive His photographs are mainstays in popular culture: The iconic shot of a young Black man drinking from a water cooler marked “colored” was featured in Stephen Colbert’s June 1, 2020, “Late Show” monologue on racial injustice. Millions of “Cheers” viewers saw his photo of cheerful patrons in a Depression-era Minnesota saloon in the opening credits. Microsoft offered his 1939 photo of a Texas couple...
    • Date: 2021-03-01

February 2021

  • February 25, 2021  (21-013)
    The Library of Congress and The Better Angels Society Open Submissions for Third Annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film The Library of Congress, The Better Angels Society and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced that entries are being accepted for the third annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, which recognizes exemplary accomplishment in historical documentaries.The award, which was established in 2019, recognizes one late-stage documentary that uses original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that bring American history...
    • Date: 2021-02-25
  • February 24, 2021  (21-007)
    Library Acquires Courtroom Sketches of Trials on Police Brutality Against Rodney King The Library of Congress has acquired more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trials against four Los Angeles police officers in the 1990s, drawn by courtroom sketch artist Mary Chaney (1927-2005).Rodney Glen King (1965-2012) was an unarmed African-American man savagely beaten by four white police officers on March 3, 1991, after leading them on a nighttime high-speed chase during his arrest...
    • Date: 2021-02-24
  • February 19, 2021  (21-008)
    Library Announces Spring Concert Programming for 2020-2021 Season The Library of Congress will continue its critically acclaimed season of Concerts from the Library of Congress with an offering of virtual concerts, interviews and conversations with artists and composers, lectures, curator talks and educational programs. This spring’s events include dazzling performances and presentations in classical music, jazz and dance.Consistent with social distancing and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season...
    • Date: 2021-02-19
  • February 18, 2021  (21-009)
    Kluge Prize Honoree Danielle Allen Launches Campaign for Civic Strength A series of new events exploring ideas and actions to strengthen America’s democracy will debut in March, April and May with the launch of Our Common Purpose: A Campaign for Civic Strength at the Library of Congress. The initiative is created and hosted by Danielle Allen, who was awarded the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.This new campaign...
    • Date: 2021-02-18
  • February 11, 2021  (21-006)
    Private Library Containing Rare Books by Important Authors, Artists Donated to Library of Congress with Endowment for Programs The Library of Congress has acquired the Aramont Library, a collection of rare books from some of the most prolific authors and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The gift by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous marks the first time the Aramont Library has been made available to the public.To enhance the Aramont collection’s accessibility to the general public, the donor...
    • Date: 2021-02-11