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 Library of Congress, LOC – General News 01

  • New Online: A Digital Treasure Trove of Rare Books
    This is a guest post by digital library specialist Elizabeth Gettins. An image from “Map and Views Illustrating Sir Francis Drake’s West Indian Voyage,” 1585–6. There is a mystique surrounding libraries with old, rare books, and the Library of Congress is no exception. Just think of all the dark and vast vaults of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division that are closed to the public and imagine what undiscovered treasures they hold. Now, thanks to the digital age, the stacks are open and searchable—everyone can access these untold treasures through our newly released web portal. Pages from the Gutenberg Bible, ca. 1454–5. The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson, who sold his book collection to Congress in 1815. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress BlogPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Latest News: Congressional Data Challenge
    The Library of Congress today launched a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. Submissions could take the form of interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, a website or other digital creations. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Latest NewsPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Latest News: Koussevitzky Commission Winners
    The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Latest NewsPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Free to Use and Reuse: Historical Travel Pictures
    Le Monastère de St. Honorat in France, a print created circa 1890–1906. A love of travel inspires so many photos. A stunning group of images we’re featuring now in our “free to use and reuse” feature on the Library’s home page will take you on a century-old “grand tour” of the world. Our Photochrom Print Collection shows, in color, Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Asia and the South Pacific as they appeared in the 1890s and early 1900s. These pictures have no known copyright restrictions—meaning you can use them as you wish. What’s a photochrom? The Photoglob Company in Zürich, Switzerland, invented this special color printing method in the 1890s. The Detroit Publishing Company in Michigan quickly licensed the process to be able to publish its views ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress BlogPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Inquiring Minds: Papers of Famous Sculptor Confirm Identity of Mount Rushmore’s Chief Carver
    Luigi Del Bianco works on one of the famous faces of Mount Rushmore. Photograph used with permission. Last month, relatives of Luigi Del Bianco gathered in Keystone, South Dakota, for a very special ceremony: the National Park Service unveiled a plaque on September 16 at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial recognizing the late Del Bianco as the chief carver of Mount Rushmore—76 years after its completion. For more than 30 years previously, the Del Bianco family had collected evidence documenting Luigi’s role in rendering Mount Rushmore one of the most beloved landmarks in America. The effort began in the mid-1980s when Caesar, Luigi’s son, was taken aback to find that a major book about Mount Rushmore’s carving made no mention of Luigi. He enlisted his ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress BlogPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Indigenous Law Portal
    This is a guest post by Carla Davis-Castro, a research librarian for the Congressional Research Service. She worked on the Indigenous Law Portal from 2015 to 2017. The Library of Congress launched the Indigenous Law Portal in June 2014 to provide an open-access platform for legal materials on how indigenous peoples govern themselves. Mexico and Central America are home to many of the peoples covered, so we thought National Hispanic Heritage Month would be a good time to call attention to the portal and encourage its use. The portal features resources from the Law Library of Congress and links to tribal websites and digital primary sources. The resources are organized based on the evolving Library of Congress classification for the Law of Indigenous Peoples, Class ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • New Online: Federal Courts Web Archive
    This is a guest post by Andrew Winston, senior legal reference librarian, and Brian Kaviar, a Law Library intern. It was first published on “In Custodia Legis,” the blog of the Law Library.  The Federal Courts Web Archive, recently launched by the Library’s web archiving team and the Law Library, provides retrospective archival coverage of the websites of the federal judiciary. The websites in this archive include those of the Supreme Court of the United States, as well as federal appellate courts, trial courts and other tribunals. Coverage generally begins in April 2014, although records from individual courts were captured at different times, and some earlier records are included. The archive is the only comprehensive coverage done court-by-court for the U.S. federal court system. The ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress BlogPublished on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – General News 02

  • CRS Employment Opportunities: Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy
    CRS is accepting applications for an Analyst in Defense Health Care Policy, GS-13 until November 16, 2017. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Congressional Research Service Employment OpportunitiesPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • CRS Employment Opportunities: Contract Specialist
    CRS is accepting applications for a Contract Specialist, GS-12 until November 9, 2017. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Congressional Research Service Employment OpportunitiesPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Statement Pieces
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library ShopPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • CRS Employment Opportunities: Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security)
    CRS is accepting applications for an Analyst in Social Policy (Social Security), GS-12 until November 9, 2017. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Congressional Research Service Employment OpportunitiesPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • New Video: The Framers’ Coup
    In commemoration of Constitution Day, constitutional law and history professor Michael J. Klarman of Harvard Law School discussed his book, a comprehensive history of how the framers drafted and ratified the U.S. Constitution despite their clashing interests. Click here to watch the video. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – New WebcastsPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • New Video: Montealegre Reads Salomón de la Selva
    In this bilingual presentation, Nicaraguan poet and critic María Augusta Montealegre read selections from the work of Salomón de la Selva (1893-1959), one of Nicaragua's most prominent poets, followed by a reading of her own work. (In English and Spanish.) Click here to watch the video. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – New WebcastsPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Patron Services: October 24 Intro to Library of Congress Online Resources
    Make the most of the Library's online collections: photographs, maps, sound recordings, films, legal and historical documents, and more. Join the Digital Reference Section's next free one-hour webinar for an interactive orientation to loc.gov. Title: Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies Date: Tuesday, October 24 Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT Registration (required): Please register via Eventbrite. Orientations are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Confirmation and log-on instructions will be sent via email. Please read the Library of Congress Comment and Posting Policy. ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov. Registration for the program is also required. Questions? Ask A Librarian!   ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Patron ServicesPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • HistoryMakers
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library ShopPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • October 24 Intro to Library of Congress Online Resources
    Make the most of the Library's online collections: photographs, maps, sound recordings, films, legal and historical documents, and more. Join the Digital Reference Section's next free one-hour webinar for an interactive orientation to loc.gov. Title: Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research StrategiesDate: Tuesday, October 24Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT Registration (required): Please register via Eventbrite. Orientations are held in real time via webinar software, which allows participants from around the country and the world to join us. Confirmation and log-on instructions will be sent via email. Please read the Library of Congress Comment and Posting Policy. ADA: Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov. Registration for the program is also required.Questions? Ask A Librarian! ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Virtual Programs and ServicesPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • New Video: Habitat
    "Habitat" -- an exploration of how technology influences the ways we create, perform and experience music -- was a multi-artist project realized at the National Gallery of Art in 2013. The creators of the project spoke about the planning and execution of the work, with a special performance of three movements from "Habitat" at the close of the program. Click here to watch the video. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – New WebcastsPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Events

  • Upcoming Events: Library Highlights Horrors of “Blair Witch”
    The Library of Congress today announced that the creators of “The Blair Witch Project,” a 1999 horror film known as one of the most successful independent movies ever made, will host a panel discussion during the Library’s Halloween festivities. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: VHP Celebrates Veterans Day
    The Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) will celebrate Veterans Day, between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, with live book talks and a variety of performances, guided tours, workshops and other activities. The series of events, titled “Coming Home: Veterans Day at the Library of Congress,” will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Law Library: News & Events: Book Talk—Santillana Codes: the Civil Codes of Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauritania
    The Law Library of Congress in collaboration with the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, Embassy of Tunisia and the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division invite you to a book talk on the Santillana Codes. The event will feature Dan E. Stigall, an attorney with the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Stigall will discuss his book,   "Santillana Codes: The Civil Codes of Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauritania," which explores the work of David Santillana (1855-1931), a Tunisian jurist and the intellectual father of the civil codes of both Morocco and Mauritania. Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.Place: Northeast Pavilion, Second Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540 The event is free ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library EventsPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Poetry & Literature: News & Events: THE LIFE OF A POET: DAWN LUNDY MARTIN on 10/23
    Monday, October 23, 7:00 PMTHE LIFE OF A POET: DAWN LUNDY MARTIN Poet Dawn Lundy Martin will discuss her work with Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Hill Center and the Washington Post. Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)Contact: (202) 707-5394 Please click here for more information.  ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Poetry and Literature EventsPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program
    The Library of Congress is launching a Librarians-in-Residence pilot program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections.   Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: VHP Panel on Oral History Interviews
    The Library of Congress Veterans History Project will host a panel discussion, titled “On the Other Side of the Mic: Perspective from the Interviewer,” at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: November Films at Packard Campus
    Country music legend Connie Smith, 75th Anniversary WWII Commemorations and silent movies will be featured in November at the Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: Conversation with Christopher Nolan
    The Library of Congress will host celebrated filmmaker Christopher Nolan for a special conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on the evening of Thursday, November 2. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: All Things Tactile
    The Library of Congress is using technology and ingenuity to make collections accessible to visitors, researchers and tourists who are blind. A panel of speakers will present on a variety of Library programs and best practices in 3D imaging and curation for the visually impaired. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Upcoming Events: Celebrate 50 Years of Public TV/Radio
    The Library of Congress and Boston public broadcaster WGBH will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 with a series of panels featuring pioneers and experts in public broadcasting Friday, Nov. 3, 2 –6 p.m. Click here for more information. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Upcoming EventsPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Blogs 01

  • Announcing the Library of Congress Congressional Data Challenge
    Today we launch a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. “There is so much information now available online about our legislative process, and that is a great thing,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “But it can also be overwhelming and sometimes intimidating. We are asking citizen coders to explore ways to analyze, interpret or share this information in user-friendly ways. I hope this challenge will spark an interest in the legislative process and also a spirit of information sharing by the tech-savvy and digital humanities pioneers who answer the call. I can’t wait to see what you come ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – The SignalPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • FALQs: Cashless Sweden
    Today’s guest post was authored by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant covering Scandinavian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Elin’s recent post, FALQs: Name Day Celebrations in Sweden, motivated me to research the regulation of names in Israel. Elin is a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis and has blogged on many topics, including on Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a Man’s Legacy; the Swedish Detention Order Regarding Julian Assange, and more recently on The Masquerade King and the Regulation of Dancing in SwedenThe Trade Embargo Behind the Swedish Jokkmokk Sami Market, and on 250 Years of Press Freedom in Sweden. Background As more and more countries are heading toward cashless societies, I became painfully aware of the realities of ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In Custodia Legis BlogPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Ghost Stories in Song for Halloween
    Halloween is on its way, and this year the Library of Congress has decided to make it extra-special, with a pop-up exhibition of our best spooky treasures. The event is called LOC Halloween: Chambers of Mystery, and we hope you’ll visit us for the scary fun. As part of the effort, I’ve been looking through AFC’s collections for “Ghost Stories” and “Halloween Traditions,” two of the exhibit’s themes. In previous posts, I presented some photos of Halloween traditions, and a devilish folktale by Bessie Jones. Of course, the American Folklife Center is also known for its extensive folksong collections, and we do have lots of ghost stories that come in the form of songs. In this blog, you’ll be able to hear three of our best ghostly ballads.  ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Folklife Today BlogPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • New FADGI MXF AS-07 Specification and Sample Files Published
    The following is a guest post by Kate Murray, organizer the FADGI Audio-Visual Working Group and Digital Projects Coordinator at the Library of Congress. The Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) is pleased to announce the publication of a new version of the MXF AS-07 Application Specification (with CC BY-SA 4.0 license) and its accompanying set of revised graded sample files. Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative. AS-07: MXF Archive and Preservation Format Application Specification As mentioned in a previous blog post, AS-07 can be thought of as a sort of “cookbook recipe for a particular subtype of the MXF standard.” MXF, or the Material Exchange Format, is a wrapper or container format for video and audio media which is defined across a series of ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – The SignalPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Professor of Law Jeremy Waldron to Deliver the 2017 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence
    The Law Library of Congress is pleased to announce that legal and political philosophy professor Jeremy Waldron of New York University School of Law, will deliver the 2017 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence. The lecture, “The Philosophical Foundations of Immigration Law,” is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1.   Jeremy Waldron, University Professor. Photo Courtesy of New York University School of Law. For this year’s Kellogg Lecture, Professor Waldron will address how countries regulate immigration, specifically if nations have a right to consider their economic and cultural interests to shape immigration policy, and more broadly what historical and legal foundations give nations the authority to regulate newcomers into their respective countries. The event will take place in the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In Custodia Legis BlogPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Photo Blog #21: More Lingering Mysteries
    It is #21 in the Library of Congress’s movie mystery still blog.  As we did last month, this time we are reposting a few stills that are still in search of a solution. As always, “clicking” on any of the images below will increase them in size so that they are easier to see.  Please offer up any suggestions or answers in the “Comments” section below.  As these photos are–hopefully–identified, we will update this blog accordingly.  Thanks again. 1.  We’ve had various guesses for this young lady including Carrie Fisher but, so far, nothing confirmed. 2.  In pencil on the back of this still, it is written “The Apprentice with Mr. McGrath” which makes us think that man in ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Now See Hear BlogPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • ADHD Awareness Month, IEPs and 504 Plans
    October is ADHD Awareness Month. ADHD, which stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, “is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” ADHD is a complex mental health issue, as all mental health issues are, but this disorder is complicated because there are no physical diagnostic tests for it, only questionnaires that are completed by psychologists, pediatricians, general health practitioners, teachers and therapists evaluating the person who is believed to have the disorder. Adults are diagnosed with ADHD, but not as often as children. Children who are affected by the disorder can experience devastating effects on their schoolwork and their social relations. A child with ADHD cannot sustain focus on listening to teachers giving instructions ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In Custodia Legis BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • House Communications Are Now Available in Congress.gov!
    As part of our latest Congress.gov enhancements, we are excited to provide access to House Communications transmitted from January 6, 2015-present (since the 114th Congress convened). House Communications frequently consist of petitions by state and local officials, memorials, messages from the President, and reports submitted to the House by executive agencies that are sometimes required by federal legislation. Those reports that are associated with laws requiring the report can be tracked in Congress.gov by a requirement number that is assigned by the House Clerk. You will see the requirement number(s) on the right-hand side of the overview box on a communication. One law may require an agency to submit multiple reports to the House, so you may see the same requirement number associated with several different communications. Also, not all communications ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In Custodia Legis BlogPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • What’s in a Whistle? The Curious Beginnings of an Ending Trope
    This is a guest post by American Folklife Center archivist Kelly Revak. As I covered in a previous blog post, I have been exploring the “experimental recordings’ of Jesse Walter Fewkes and discovering a number of items of folkloric interest therein. One of these Fewkes recordings is at least somewhat well-known and that is this one: {mediaObjectId:'5A19F77EC1E3001EE0538C93F116001E',metadata:["Audio provided by Library of Congress"],mediaType:'A',playerSize:'mediumStandard'}   In this recording, and two other nearly (but not quite) identical recordings, Fewkes is demonstrating the phonograph, presumably to people who have never seen one before. Though Edison invented the basis of the technology over a decade earlier, the commercially viable phonograph was not on the market until 1888. In A Spiral Way: How the Phonograph Changed Ethnography, Erika Brady discusses the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Folklife Today BlogPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Now Playing at the Packard Campus (Oct. 19-21, 2017)
    The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. The Killers (Universal, 1946) Thursday, October 19 (7:30 p.m.)The Killers (Universal, 1946) Director Robert Siodmak and screenwriter Anthony Veiller, both nominated for an Oscar, took the original Ernest Hemingway short story as the film’s opening point and developed it with an elaborate series of flashbacks, creating a classic example of film noir. Two killers shatter a small town’s quiet before an insurance investigator (Edmond O’Brien) digs up crime, betrayal, and a glamorous woman (Ava Gardner) behind the death of an ex-fighter (Burt Lancaster in his electrifying film debut). The noir aesthetic is heightened by the Miklós Rózsa score and Arthur Hilton’s editing, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. The Killers ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Now See Hear BlogPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Blogs 02

  • Engineers Encountering Engineers: Identifying Conference Papers
    This post was written by John F. Buydos, Science Reference Section, Science, Technology and Business Division, Library of Congress Whether it is engineers collaborating with other engineers to remain up-to-date in their field or to discuss the competency of other practitioners, one of the major ways that collaboration is accomplished is by attending conferences and other meetings.  Identifying the published proceedings of these conferences and meetings can enlighten the general public and help them discover new trends, history, and research of specific technologies. Conferences often are held yearly in the same country but not necessarily in the same city.  There are instances where a number of conferences move from country to country.   Some conferences proceedings can be found on the web site of the conference ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Inside Adams BlogPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • The Distinctive Works of Bertha Lum
    We have previously shared some of the fantastic Japanese woodblock prints that grace our collections. They are both elegant and delicate, as well as inspirational. We don’t need to go far to see how Japanese printmaking inspired the work of one particular American artist who studied the technique and developed a unique style of her own. Iowa-born artist Bertha Lum created colorful works in a style called Japonisme—a term first coined by French art critic and collector Phillipe Burty in 1872 that is used to describe the influence of Japanese design on Western art and artists. Lum devoured art journals and developed an intense curiosity for the processes. Throughout her thirties, she acquired printmaking tools and skills during trips to Japan where she studied and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Picture the BlogPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Concerts from the Library of Congress 2017-2018 Opening Events
    The following is a guest post from Anne McLean, Senior Producer for Concerts and Special Events. The Music Division launches a terrific 2017-2018 Concerts from the Library of Congress season with a great pair of exciting events. We have two back-to-back season openers: Ensemble Signal, presenting music of Steve Reich, on Wednesday, October 18; and the scintillating Los Angeles-based Latin band La Santa Cecilia, on Thursday, October 19. We hope you can join us for these two very enjoyable evenings, both at 8 pm in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Ensemble Signal, and the photo credit, Stephanie Berger. Ensemble Signal’s October 18th concert is offered as a collaboration of the Library of Congress and Washington Performing Arts. We are delighted to be co-presenting this event with ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In the Muse BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • “Labor problems under war conditions”: women in the workforce in WWI
    Of late I’ve been digging into our collections on women in business history (which I define to include phrasing such as women in the workforce). Given that it’s the 100-year anniversary since the United States entered the Great War, I was curious about what I might find about women entering the workforce during the United States’ involvement in 1917-18. For every fighter a woman worker Y.W.C.A. : Back our second line of defense. Ernest Hamlin Baker. N.Y. : The United States Printing & Lith. Co., (1918) //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.40823 Lo and behold, I found a treasure trove of a primary source. In March 1918, the Society of Industrial Engineers and the Western Efficiency Society gathered in Chicago for the National Conference on Labor Problems under War Conditions. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Inside Adams BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Denis Johnson Honored and Remembered
    The following is a guest post by Marie Arana, literary advisor to the Library of Congress; coordinator of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; and the literary director of the National Book Festival. Denis Johnson, winner of the 2017 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Photo by Cindy Johnson. My first encounter with Denis Johnson was harrowing and it was on the page. As a literary critic, I had read his short stories and novels—searing distillations of a generation’s hallucinatory voyage through the Vietnam War and its bitter sequels. Tree of Smoke. Jesus’ Son. Train Dreams. It was all there: the disillusionment, the alienation, the drug addiction, and a heartbreaking, post-traumatic lurch through an America that was no longer recognizable. For all ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – From the Catbird Seat: Poetry and Literature BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 95 Years Ago : “Get Out the Rabbit’s Foot,” The Morning Tulsa Daily World, October 13, 1922
    Is it your lucky or unlucky day? For some Friday the 13th just a date on the calendar. But if you're superstitious, you might want to "put that rabbit's foot in your pocket 'till the evenin sun goes down" or travel the "straight and narrow, unless it takes you underneath a ladder."  Check out this article for more Friday the 13th suggestions and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @libraryofcongress #ChronAm!  ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Chronicling America: Historic American NewspapersPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • How to Survive a Plague: October 23 Book Talk with David France
    American investigative reporter, non-fiction author and filmmaker David France will discuss his book How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS, a definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic.  Inspired by his Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name, How to Survive a Plague is an insider’s account of the grassroots movement of activists who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease.  Ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, and confronted with shame and hatred, this small group of men and women chose to fight for their right to live by educating themselves and demanding to become ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Inside Adams BlogPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • On the Road Again: Scouting Out “Roadside America” Sites
    When John Margolies gave a talk at the Library of Congress in 2011 about his project to photograph roadside attractions and commercial vistas all across America, he remarked, “If anybody knows if these places still exist, tell me later ’cause that’s very often the only way that I find out whether things are there anymore.” Now viewers of Margolies’ Roadside America photographs have an opportunity to do just that. We posted in our Flickr account a first set of 50 photographs from the archive a couple of weeks ago. Flickr viewers immediately investigated using online sites and their own scouting efforts and determined that, yes indeed, some of the sites and scenes are still very much present and accounted for. One viewer tracked down several ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Picture the BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • The Star that Ate Manhattan! Studying Neutron Stars from the International Space Station – October 17 Lecture with Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian
    Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian is a research astrophysicist and the deputy principal investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. He will describe the NICER mission, an International Space Station payload devoted to studying neutron stars — the physics governing their interiors, their emissions, and their evolution. According to Arzoumanian, “Neutron stars crush more mass than the Sun into a ball about as wide as Manhattan Island in New York, and they can rotate as fast as the blade of a kitchen blender. Neutron stars are the strongest magnets known, emit a wide range of light across the electromagnetic spectrum, and are the densest objects in the universe we can observe directly. Many are observed as ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Inside Adams BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Upcoming Lecture: “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America”
    Randall Goldberg, PhD, Director, Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University On Tuesday, October 24, the Library of Congress will welcome Dr. Randall E. Goldberg, Director and Associate Professor of Musicology at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University, to present on “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America.” As part of the American Musicological Society/Library of Congress Lecture Series, Dr. Goldberg’s evening lecture will showcase research conducted using the Music Division’s rich music collections. As always, the lecture is open to the public (you can register on Eventbrite).  Want to know more before planning a trip to Capitol Hill? I asked Dr. Goldberg a few questions about both his lecture and how the Library of Congress factored into his research ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – In the Muse BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Blogs 03

  • 4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/20/2017
    Monday, October 30, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.Lecture: Goodly Treasures New and Old: A Lecture on the Song of Songs by Gary A. Rendsburg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History, Rutgers University The Hebraic Section, African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress presents “Goodly Treasures New and Old: A Lecture on the Song of Songs,” by Gary A. Rendsburg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History, Rutgers University. Following the talk there will be a Display of Rare Books (new and old!) from the collections of the Library of Congress. Location: African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, LJ-220, 2nd floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20540. Metro stop: Capitol South. Contact: Ann Brener, (202) ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Four Corners of the WorldPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Lviv and the Janowski Concentration Camp
    The following post is by Ryan Moore, a cartographic specialist in the Geography and Map Division. The city of Lviv, in what is now western Ukraine, was greatly impacted by the Second World War and the Holocaust. Prior to the outbreak of fighting, it was part of Poland and known as Lwów. It was then a diverse, multi-ethnic city, and its inhabitants included large communities of Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, and others. The Nazi genocide sought to erase the presence of entire peoples through forced relocation and mass murder. These acts of evil were brought to an end by the victory of the Soviet Union, and Lviv remained under Communist control until 1991. Ethnographic map of Ukraine (pre-World War II). Original map by Wolodymyr Kubijowytsch, 1938; ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at the Library of Congress BlogPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • An Ode to Autumn by a Writer in the Spring of Her Career
    “Oh, what a glory doth the world put on, these peerless, perfect autumn days….” In 1893, an author at the beginning of her career signed a final copy of a poem she’d just completed–an ode to autumn. The poet was at a paradoxical point in her literary life the likes of which few, if any, other writers had experienced before. She would go on to have a decades-long career as a best-selling author, but by 1893 she had only published a few letters and articles. And yet, although she was only thirteen years old, she was one of the most famous people in the United States. Helen Keller had been eagerly writing since she had first gained the ability to do so several years before. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • The Library of Congress and Native American Heritage Month
    November is National Native American Heritage Month, set aside to honor the history and traditions of Native Americans. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has published a number of posts about teaching about Native American history and culture using primary sources. Many of  them focus on what can and cannot be learned about Native American cultures and traditions from the Library’s online collections. Some raise questions of the intent of the person creating the primary sources, such as this post on Images of Native Americans, which examines ways that Native Americans have been documented, while others explore how primary sources can complicate oversimplified narratives. Other Library of Congress blogs have also created a number of posts that use materials from our collections to ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • 4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/13/2017
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017, noon – 1:30 p.m.Lecture: Experimental Shadow Theater in Contemporary Bali, Indonesia The Asian Division and the Indonesian Embassy, Education and Culture Section offer the Library a special lecture with shadow puppets. In recent years, several dalang (shadow masters) in both Bali and Java have presented reinterpreted performances of ancient Indonesian texts as part of considering religious pluralism and tolerance. It is within these texts, which were produced between 1100 and 1400 AD by the Javanese Hindu-Buddhist sages Mpu Kunturan and Mpu Tantular that the Indonesian national motto bhineka tunggal ika (unity in diversity) first appeared. The speaker will be Gusti Sudarta, a Balinese shadow master, musician, composer, dancer, and choreographer. He is a renowned performer of Balinese traditional forms and is ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Four Corners of the WorldPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Harry Houdini, Ghostbuster: Exploring an Illusionist’s Exposés through Primary Sources
    Houdini and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926, is probably best known as a magician and escape artist, but he also devoted considerable energy to investigating and debunking the claims of spiritualists. Who better to peel back that veil than a master illusionist? One popular way of representing communication from the spirit world during Houdini’s lifetime was the “spirit photograph.” As part of his pursuit of demonstrating the techniques behind various manifestations purported to be from the spirit world, Houdini created this photograph of himself with the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. The notes accompanying this picture explain that Houdini was fascinated by a report about “how a photographer could produce fraudulent ‘spirit photographs’ that purportedly documented the apparition ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Houses of Government
    This is a post by Ed Redmond, Cartographic Specialist in the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. 225 years ago this month, on October 13, 1792, the cornerstone of what we now call the White House was laid. The term “White House,” although not its official name, was commonly used to refer to the President’s House or Executive Mansion. President Theodore Roosevelt formally adopted the term “White House” in 1901. So how did the White House and the United States Capital come to be located along the banks of the Potomac River? It is an interesting story which, of course, is best illustrated with maps. In July, 1790, the First United States Congress, then sitting in New York, passed the Residence Act, which formally ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at the Library of Congress BlogPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Martin Luther as Priest, Heretic, and Outlaw: The Reformation at 500
    (The following is a post by David B. Morris, German Area Specialist, European Division.) Note: The items in this post are included in an exhibit of the same title in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Building of the Library of Congress, October 3, 2017–January 1, 2018. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses against indulgences, or the atonement of sins through monetary payment, on the door of the church at Wittenberg, Germany. Within four years, the Catholic Church would brand Luther a heretic, and the Holy Roman Empire — the powerful state that included Germany — would condemn him as an outlaw. These were the early years of the Protestant Reformation, a turning ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Four Corners of the WorldPublished on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
  • K-12 Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching with Music-Related Primary Sources
    The following is a guest post by Michael Apfeldorf of the Library of Congress. Training in Music. Blanche L. Anish, 1937 On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Library of Congress will host a free, one-day workshop for K-12 educators interested in incorporating music-related primary sources into their classroom instruction. In this hands-on collaborative session, education specialists from the Library of Congress will model a variety of strategies for using music-related primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Through a series of inquiry-based classroom activities, educators will examine and interact with historical audio files, sheet music, song sheets, prints and photographs, and other resources from the Library’s collections. Most of these items are digitized and will be freely available online for ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • 4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 10/6/2017
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 11 a.m.Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification Card prior to the session. For more information about reader’s cards, see here. Location: Hispanic Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-240. Attendees should use the First Street Carriage Entrance of the Jefferson Building. Contact: cola@loc.gov Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov   Thursday, October 12, 2017, noon – 1 p.m.Book Talk: “When in the Arab World: An Insider’s Guide to Living and Working with ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Four Corners of the WorldPublished on Friday, October 6, 2017

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  • What’s New in Science Reference: The Star that Ate Manhattan! October 17 Lecture
    Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian, research astrophysicist and deputy principal investigator for the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will describe the NICER mission.  NICER is an International Space Station payload devoted to studying neutron stars — the physics governing their interiors, their emissions, and their evolution.  NICER will also perform the first demonstration of spacecraft navigation using pulsars as natural beacons.  The lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in the Library's Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New in Science ReferencePublished on Friday, October 13, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – For Librarians


 Library of Congress, LOC – For Teachers

  • Poetry 180: Poem 033 – “The Meadow”
    poem by Kate Knapp Johnson from the Library's Poetry 180 Project. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Poetry 180Published on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Today in History – October 20
    On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven. Continue reading. Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Today in HistoryPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • An Ode to Autumn by a Writer in the Spring of Her Career
    “Oh, what a glory doth the world put on, these peerless, perfect autumn days….” In 1893, an author at the beginning of her career signed a final copy of a poem she’d just completed–an ode to autumn. The poet was at a paradoxical point in her literary life the likes of which few, if any, other writers had experienced before. She would go on to have a decades-long career as a best-selling author, but by 1893 she had only published a few letters and articles. And yet, although she was only thirteen years old, she was one of the most famous people in the United States. Helen Keller had been eagerly writing since she had first gained the ability to do so several years before. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Poetry 180: Poem 032 – “Publication Date”
    poem by Franz Wright from the Library's Poetry 180 Project. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Poetry 180Published on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Today in History – October 19
    On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered his army of some 8,000 men to General George Washington at Yorktown, giving up any chance of winning the Revolutionary War. Continue reading. Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Today in HistoryPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Poetry 180: Poem 031 – “Walking Home”
    poem by Marie Howe from the Library's Poetry 180 Project. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Poetry 180Published on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Today in History – October 18
    On October 18, 1898, American troops fighting in the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico formalizing U.S. control of the former Spanish colony. Continue reading. Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Today in HistoryPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • The Library of Congress and Native American Heritage Month
    November is National Native American Heritage Month, set aside to honor the history and traditions of Native Americans. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has published a number of posts about teaching about Native American history and culture using primary sources. Many of  them focus on what can and cannot be learned about Native American cultures and traditions from the Library’s online collections. Some raise questions of the intent of the person creating the primary sources, such as this post on Images of Native Americans, which examines ways that Native Americans have been documented, while others explore how primary sources can complicate oversimplified narratives. Other Library of Congress blogs have also created a number of posts that use materials from our collections to ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Library of Congress Teaching BlogPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Poetry 180: Poem 030 – “One Morning”
    poem by Eamon Grennan from the Library's Poetry 180 Project. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Poetry 180Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Today in History – October 17
    On October 17, 1823, President James Monroe wrote a letter to his friend and Virginia neighbor Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy. The issue at hand was whether to accept an offer from Great Britain to issue a joint declaration warning other powers such as Spain and France not to intervene in the affairs of Central and South America. Continue reading. Click here to search Today in History for other historic moments. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Today in HistoryPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – For BPH, Blind and Physically Handicapped

  • Aiming Beyond Graduation: Creating Inclusive College Music Courses for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
    Part 1 The end goal for most college music students is to develop and cultivate skills to prepare for a successful musical career after graduation. For some music students with visual impairment (V.I.), just getting through the college degree program can be challenging.  Here are some common reasons: inability to learn a large amount of music quickly due to poor braille music reading skills; inability to complete writing assignments using the conventional staff notation; or inadequate support from the school Chi Kim working with a student at the assistive music technology (AMT) lab for blind and visually impaired students at Berklee College of Music Some schools are better than others at providing the necessary support for students who cannot see. This past summer, I read ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – National Library Services, NLS, Braille Audio Reading Download, BARD. Music Note Blog for BPH, Blind Physically HandicappedPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: A (Part 2 – Atkins, Charles)
    American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: A (Part 2 – Atkins, Charles) This blog is about filling the alphabet with names of American composers, and American composers and musicians who are visually impaired or blind. At this point the idea is to have two composers listed for each letter of the alphabet, knowing that some letters will have more options than others, or that for some letters it might be challenging to come up with a name. The last blog entry was posted as a guest blog on John Adams (Part 1). Today I would like to recognize the blind blues musician and composer Charles Atkins. Charles Atkins is an active musician who performs mainly blues, soul, and R&B with his band and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – National Library Services, NLS, Braille Audio Reading Download, BARD. Music Note Blog for BPH, Blind Physically HandicappedPublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • NLS BARD Support: Kiplinger’s Retirement Report audio version now available
    Kiplinger’s Retirement Report is now available for download from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website and also for subscription through the Magazine on Cartridge program. Published monthly, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report covers practical strategies to help grow retirement savings, how to make money last during retirement, maximization of Social Security and Medicare benefits, and other retirement-related topics. The audio version of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report is produced by volunteers at the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library in Daytona Beach. Kiplinger’s Retirement Report is just one of over 100 braille and audio magazines that can be downloaded from BARD. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – NLS BARD, Braille Audio Reading Download, Support for Blind and Physically Handicapped, BPHPublished on Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Celebrating that “Parisienne Gaiety”
    When I was a teenager, I began learning about classical music by listening to radio programs in the evening. Often the shows would begin with an overture or “light classic”, such as the Light Cavalry Overture (which our school band played), or the William Tell Overture (the “Lone Ranger” to me). There was also a very lively piece that one announcer called “Gate Parisienne.” I assumed that this “Gate” was a must-see for tourists, like the Eiffel Tower. All of this came back to me when I read that October 5 is the day when Jacques Offenbach died. Born in Cologne on June 20, 1819, Offenbach studied cello and composition at the Paris Conservatoire. Then, after working as a cellist, he became conductor at the ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – National Library Services, NLS, Braille Audio Reading Download, BARD. Music Note Blog for BPH, Blind Physically HandicappedPublished on Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • The Music and Sounds of the Vietnam Era
    Like many other Americans, I have been tuning in to the documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick this past week. This 10-part series depicts the grim realities of the Vietnam War at home and abroad, and the soundtrack of the movie transports one back to the late 1960s quite perfectly. With that period in mind, here are some selections from the Music Section that may take you back to that time. Tunes of Bob Dylan What retrospective of 1960s music would be complete without Bob Dylan? Such anti-war songs as “Masters of War,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” place him as one of the most iconic musical voices of the Vietnam War protests. Many of his ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – National Library Services, NLS, Braille Audio Reading Download, BARD. Music Note Blog for BPH, Blind Physically HandicappedPublished on Thursday, September 28, 2017
  • We Just Keep Adding…to BARD!
    One of the fun and interesting parts of working at the NLS Music Section is being able to upload files to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Our patrons are always checking to see what is new in the “Recently Added” link, and we frequently remind them that not all the NLS Music Section collection is available on BARD.  But we can certainly send you a hard copy if what you’re looking for is not there.  Give us a call at 800-424-8567, or e-mail us at nlsm@loc.gov. Here are some recent additions, ranging from German lieder to the tango to jazz from a master. If you have a taste for lieder, Schubert’s Ungeduld, from Die schöne Müllerin is available for download at BRM 36359, and Schumann’s ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – National Library Services, NLS, Braille Audio Reading Download, BARD. Music Note Blog for BPH, Blind Physically HandicappedPublished on Thursday, September 21, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Law Library 01


 Library of Congress, LOC – Law Library 02

  • Mexico: Fiscal Benefits Relief for the Populations Affected by the Earthquake
    (Oct. 20, 2017) In a decree published on October 2, 2017, the Mexican government granted  fiscal benefits to taxpayers who were affected by the September 19, 2017, earthquake in municipalities in the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Tlaxcala, but not in Mexico City. The Secretary of the Treasury, José Antonio Meade, explained that the capital of the country will separately receive relief; the Treasury and the local government will jointly design a  package of fiscal stimuli focused on the needs of reconstruction or repair of houses in the capital.  (Hacienda Otorga Beneficios Fiscales por Sismo del 19-S, EL FINANCIERO (Oct. 2, 2017); Decreto por el que se otorgan diversos beneficios fiscales a los contribuyentes de las zonas afectadas que se indicant por el sismo ocurrido el 19 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Friday, October 20, 2017
  • China: Regulators Ban Companies from Raising Money Through Virtual Currencies
    (Oct. 19, 2017) On September 4, 2017, seven government administrations in China – the People’s Bank of China, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the China Banking Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission – jointly issued the Announcement on Preventing Financial Risks from Initial Coin Offerings (the Announcement.) (Zhongguo Renmin Yinhang, Zhongyang Wangxinban, Gongye he Xinxihua Bu, Gongshang Zongju, Yinjian Hui, Zhengjian Hui, Baojian Hui Guanyu Fangfan Daibi Faxing Rongzi Fengxian de Gonggao (Sept. 4, 2017), People’s Bank of China website.) The Announcement provides that initial coin offerings (ICOs) are an unauthorized illegal fundraising activity and will be banned by ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Indonesia: President Signs Decree on Character Education
    (Oct. 19, 2017) On September 6, 2017, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo signed a presidential decree issuing a regulation on education designed to strengthen character. Widodo stated that the regulation had been prepared following input from a variety of interested parties across the country and that it would be followed up with the provision of technical guidance on its implementation. (Maryati & Ani Hasanah, President Joko Widodo Signs Decree on Character Strengthening Education, VOICE OF INDONESIA (Sept. 7, 2017); Moses Ompusunggu & Fedina S. Sundaryani, Jokowi Signs Amended Regulation on Character Education, JAKARTA POST (Sept. 7, 2017); Peraturan Presiden Republik Indonesia Nomor 87 Tahun 2017 Tentang Penguatan Pendidikan Karakter [Regulation of the President of the Republic of Indonesia No. 87, 2017, on Strengthening Character Education] (Character Education ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Israel: Establishment of the Council for Preschoolers
    (Oct. 19, 2017) On July 26, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Council for Preschoolers Law, 5777-2017 (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2658 p. 1129, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).) The Law will enter into effect on February 7, 2018, six months after its August 7, 2017, publication. (Id. § 21(a).) The Law declares as its objective to provide preschoolers (children from birth to first grade) the care necessary to support their physical and mental health and development, address their educational and social needs, and offer appropriate conditions for attaining equal opportunities in their adult life. (Id. § 1.) The Law defines an area affecting preschoolers as education and special education, health (including preventive care), infant ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Egypt: Fatwa Permits Females to Have Permanent Tattoos
    (Oct. 18, 2017) On October 9, 2017, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt (the main, official religious scholar), Sheik Ali Gomaa, issued a new fatwa (religious decree) allowing women to have permanent inked tattoos on their bodies. However, the same religious decree bans males from getting permanent tattoos. (Getting Tattoo Permissible for Girls, Sin for Boys: Egypt’s Former Grand Mufti, Ali Gomaa, AL MASRY AL YOUM (Oct. 9, 2017).) Background Such a fatwa is unique, because many Sunni Islamic scholars support banning Muslim men and women from tattooing their bodies. Sunni Islamic scholars justify the prohibition of inked tattoos by arguing that tattooing the body mutilates it and changes God’s creation, inflicts unnecessary pain, and introduces the possibility of infection. (Amal Al-Sibai, Health Dangers of Tattoos and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Taiwan: Animal Protection Law Amended
    (Oct. 18, 2017) On April 11, 2017, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s main legislative body) passed a number of amendments to the Animal Protection Act. The President of Taiwan promulgated the amended Act on April 26. (Animal Protection Further Enhanced in Taiwan, TAIWAN TODAY (Apr. 12, 2017); Animal Protection Act (Nov. 4, 1998, as last amended Apr. 26, 2017), Council of Agriculture website (toggle for Chinese text.)  Among other changes, the Act now bans the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat and of any food products that contain the meat or other parts of these animals.  It also strengthens animal cruelty penalties.  (Animal Protection Further Enhanced in Taiwan, supra.) According to the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture, in 2003 there were about 1.6 million pet dogs and ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • Japan: Reporting Requirements for Adviser/Consultant Positions for Retired CEOs
    (Oct. 17, 2017) In August 2017 the Tokyo Stock Exchange revised its instructions for the Report on Corporate Governance that it requires listed companies to prepare. The revised instructions have a section on the status of former chief executive officers (CEOs).  If some of them retain positions in the company, such as advisor or consultant, the report must explain their role, work conditions, terms of services rendered, method of decision-making on their appointment, the total amount of their remuneration, etc.  (Instructions for the Report on Corporate Governance (revised Aug. 2017), Japan Exchange Group website, at 11 (in Japanese).)  The instructions will be applied after January 1, 2018.  (Report on Corporate Governance, Japan Exchange Group website (Aug. 2, 2017) (in Japanese).) Shiseido, ranked number 1,457 on ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • Israel: Protection of Children in Criminal Investigations and Trials
    (Oct. 16, 2017) On July 24, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Evidence (Protection of Children) (Amendment No. 17) Law, 5777-2017 (Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2656 p. 1106, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).)  The Law amends the Evidence (Protection of Children) Law, 5715-1955.  (SH 5715 No. 184 p. 96, as amended; references below to the “Law” are to the current text of the Law, incorporating the Amendment Law.)  The Amendment Law sets a special procedure for interrogating and obtaining testimony from a child under 14 years of age in cases of sex offenses and offenses involving domestic violence.  It requires the presence and the permission of a child investigator to obtain testimony from ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • Vietnam: New Rules on Media for Children
    (Oct. 13, 2017) On October 1, 2017, a new Ministry of Information and Communications circular, issued by Minister Truong Minh Tuan on June 23, 2017, came into force in Vietnam. It has provisions on media designed for children and requires warnings for viewer or reader discretion related to material not suitable for them.  The rules of Circular 09/2017/TT-BTTIT apply to all media, whether published or broadcast, including items in the online press.  (Ministry Tightens Control over Publication of Children-Related Content, VIETNAM LAW AND LEGAL FORUM (updated Oct. 4, 2017); Circular 09/2017/TT-BTTIT, on Content Ratio, Broadcasting Time and Broadcasting Period Intended for Children and Warning of Contents Not Suitable for Children in Broadcasting Newspapers, Printed Newspapers, Online Newspapers and Publications (Circular) (June 23, 2017), VAN BAN ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • ASEAN/Hong Kong: Negotiations Concluded on Free Trade and Investment Agreements
    (Oct. 13, 2017) On September 9, 2017, Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that they had concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. (Press Release, Hong Kong and ASEAN Conclude Free Trade Agreement Negotiations, Trade and Industry Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region website (Sept. 9, 2017).) The two parties will sign the agreements in November. (Id.) ASEAN’s ten Member States include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (also known as Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (ASEAN Member States, ASEAN website (last visited Oct. 10, 2017).) According to Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, who co-chaired the meeting at which the announcement was ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Global Legal MonitorPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Law Library 03

  • H.R.2989
    Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act (10/18/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: Congress.gov Senate Floor TodayPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • S.Res.293
    A resolution commemorating the 150th anniversary of Morgan State University. (10/18/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: Congress.gov Senate Floor TodayPublished on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • H.Con.Res.71
    Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027. (10/17/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: Congress.gov Senate Floor TodayPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • H.R.2810
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (10/17/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: Congress.gov Senate Floor TodayPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • PN362
    David Joel Trachtenberg, of Virginia, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, vice Brian P. McKeon. (10/17/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: Congress.gov Senate Floor TodayPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • H.R.1117
    To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Congress.gov Bills Presented to the PresidentPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • S.178
    Robert Matava Elder Abuse Prosecution Act of 2017 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Congress.gov Bills Presented to the PresidentPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • S.652
    Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Congress.gov Bills Presented to the PresidentPublished on Monday, October 16, 2017
  • H.Res.569
    Providing for the concurrence by the House in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2266, with an amendment. (10/12/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Congress.gov House Floor TodayPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017
  • H.Con.Res.85
    Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 2266. (10/12/2017 legislative day) ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Law Library Congress.gov House Floor TodayPublished on Friday, October 13, 2017

 Library of Congress, LOC – Copyright

  • Copyright Legislative Developments
    CASE Act of 2017 H.R.3945, CASE Act of 2017, introduced 10/04/2017. Click here for more information.     ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Copyright Legislative DevelopmentsPublished on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 686
    NewsNet Issue 686October 12, 2017 Copyright Office Proposes Rule to Establish a Group Registration for Unpublished Works The United States Copyright Office is proposing to create a new group registration option for a limited number of unpublished works. The proposed rule would replace the current “unpublished collections” registration option. Among other things, applicants would be required to submit an online application and upload their works to the electronic registration system, although the Office may waive these requirements in exceptional cases. The proposed rule offers a number of significant benefits compared to current practices: it would allow the Office to more easily examine each work for copyrightable authorship, to create a more robust record of the claim, and to improve the overall efficiency of the registration process. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New at the Copyright OfficePublished on Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 685
    NewsNet Issue 685October 4, 2017 Copyright Office Reports Results of Public Inquiry on Mass Digitization Pilot Program The U.S. Copyright Office has submitted a letter to Congress reporting the results of the Office’s public inquiry on establishing a pilot program to facilitate the mass digitization of books and other copyrighted works. The inquiry followed the June 2015 publication of the Office’s report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, which proposed extended collective licensing (ECL) as a means of enabling the large-scale clearance of rights necessary for such projects. Because the United States lacks experience with such a system, the report recommended that ECL initially take the form of a limited pilot program. In addition, noting that stakeholder support is essential for ECL to succeed, ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New at the Copyright OfficePublished on Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 684
    NewsNet Issue 684September 29, 2017 U.S. Copyright Office Releases Updated Version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett today released an updated version of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. It is available on the Office’s website at https://www.copyright.gov/comp3/. This update is effective as of September 29, 2017, and it is the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office on or after that date. The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights concerning the mandate and statutory duties of the Copyright Office under Title 17 of the United States Code. See 37 CFR. § 201.2(b)(7). This update was initially released in draft form on June 1, 2017. The ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New at the Copyright OfficePublished on Friday, September 29, 2017
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 683
    NewsNet Issue 683September 27, 2017 Update and Reminder Concerning Electronic System for Designating Agents under DMCA Today, the U.S. Copyright Office issued a new release of its electronic system to designate and search for agents to receive notifications of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). This release makes a number of updates designed to enhance user experience. The primary updates are: The Copyright Office can now transfer a designation from one user account to another upon request. For more information about transfers, please see the Office’s FAQ page, here. By default, search results in the public directory now only show active service provider designations. There is now a box that users can check if they wish to also see terminated designations. ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New at the Copyright OfficePublished on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Copyright Royalty Board News, Issue 176
    September 26, 2017Issue 176 COPYRIGHT ROYALTY JUDGES SOLICIT REPLY COMMENTS ON A PROPOSED SETTLEMENT REGARDING A SPORTS SURCHARGE ROYALTY FOR CERTAIN CABLE RETRANSMISSIONS The Copyright Royalty Judges solicit reply comments on a proposed settlement relating to a cable system license royalty surcharge for retransmission of broadcasts of certain professional sports events. Reply comments must be received by October 23, 2017. Surreplies from original commenters are due no later than November 1, 2017. For details, click here. For an accessible version, click here. ********************************************************* *CALENDAR* October 2, 2017: Due date for Petitions to Participate and filing fee, if applicable, for proceeding to determine distribution of digital audio recording technology royalty fees in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Musical Works Funds (82 FR 41663). October 23, 2017: ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – Copyright Royalty Review BoardsPublished on Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • U.S. Copyright Office, NewsNet Issue 682
    NewsNet Issue 682September 21, 2017 Copyright Office Begins Release of Refreshed and Updated Circulars The U.S. Copyright Office today begins its release of refreshed and updated circulars to provide up-to-date and authoritative copyright information for a broad general audience. This release of 31 circulars represents a wide range of topics including copyright fundamentals, core Office procedures, Licensing Division practices, and work-specific application tips. These circulars are subject to two notable changes: (1) reformatting for optimal online reading and (2) revision to conform to the third edition of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. Circulars have served as a gateway to copyright law and Office practices since the late 1800s, and this is the first design update in more than a decade. Remaining circulars ... read more
    Source: News Feed – US Library of Congress, LOC (PD USPD) – What’s New at the Copyright OfficePublished on Thursday, September 21, 2017