Library of Congress

‘Must’ for next librarian of Congress: A love of reading—including the ebook variety

By David Rothman
June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Billington, 86, departing January 1 as librarian of Congress, excelled in certain areas such as Russian history. But he was not a librarian by background, and many of the real McCoys hated him. No small number of the library’s techies might have felt the same way. This Reagan-era appointee [...]

New copyright fees to go into effect May 1

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

I received an email from the Library of Congress last night informing me that copyright fees are going up May 1. The increase that caught my eye was the single work registration, which is going from $35 to $55. However, it looks like it won’t be affecting self-published authors. From the [...]

Kate DiCamillo is new U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Library of Congress has made one of the more welcome literary announcements of the new year with the news that  children’s author Kate DiCamillo is to be America’s next National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In this post, she has to raise “national [...]

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real

By libertyc
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Warren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to [...]

Morning Roundup — The Belabored Librarian

By Dan Eldridge
January 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Libraries Can’t Buy Many of Amazon’s Ebook Hits (American Libraries) Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay (Wall Street Journal) Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets (CNET) Musician uses phony online dating profile to trick iPhone thief (NY [...]

Library of Congress still planning to archive all public Twitter posts

By libertyc
July 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Last December I mentioned that the Library of Congress was planning to archive every tweet ever tweeted publicly for use in research and the edification of future generations. Lately there have been some rumors that the LoC was backing off from the project, but a recent post in the Nieman [...]

Disintermediating preservation

By Paul Biba
June 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the title of a very interesting article by Peter Brantley in Publishers Weekly.  He speaks about a problem that has never occured to me. Today, a growing number of authors publish books directly on their own website, via distributor/retailers such as Smashwords, or through direct [...]

Library of Congress to receive Twitter archives.

By libertyc
December 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Library of Congress is where not just books but other documents deemed to have great historical significance are stored. And soon those documents will include an archive of every single public Twitter posting ever sent. Twitter and the Library of Congress have reached an agreement whereby an [...]

Watch C-SPAN’s documentary on the Library of Congress online

By Chris Walters
July 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

You forgot to record Monday night’s premiere of the new C-SPAN documentary on the Library of Congress, didn’t you? Well, you can watch it online for free at C-SPAN’s LOC minisite. The 90 minute film takes a holistic approach to its subject, covering everything from the [...]

Beyond the Book interviews Martha Anderson from Library of Congress

By libertyc
March 24, 2011 // 0 Comments

There is a new “Beyond the Book” podcast from Copyright Clearance Center in which CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviews Martha Anderson, director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program for the Library of Congress, about at-risk digital content. Anderson takes [...]

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report

By libertyc
March 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

From Digital Koans: The Library of Congress has released Preserving Our Digital Heritage: The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report. Here’s an excerpt from the press release: It documents the achievements of the Library of Congress and its NDIIPP [...]

Library of Congress Adds 178K Digitized Pages to Historic Newspaper Database

By libertyc
February 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an LC Announcement: The Library of Congress has updated the Chronicling America site with an additional 178,000 pages (including 25 new titles) and a “sneak peek” at upcoming changes to the Web site itself. These changes include a new overall look, a “100 Years Ago Today” daily [...]

Library of Congress puts Civil War portrait collection on Flickr

By libertyc
December 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Library of Congress has placed 700 Civil War portraits on Flickr, according to Research Buzz. They are available here. This collection is all from one place — the Liljenquist family — and includes the frames of the pictures as well as the ambrotype and tintype photographs themselves. Many [...]

Google Books improves its search algorithms, demonstrates feasibility of national libraries

By libertyc
November 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

A pair of interesting articles about Google Books came to my attention over the last day or so. First, in The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal looks at how Google has been tweaking and updating its search algorithms to trawl the linkless world of text on paper, where searchers have radically different [...]

Historic newspapers from Tennessee will be digitized

By libertyc
August 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Original Announcement from the Tennessee Secretary of State The State Library and Archives, which is part of the Tennessee Department of State, has been preserving newspapers on microfilm since 1957. The two-year process of converting those microfilmed documents into digital records [...]

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