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  • A visit with the man who has digitized more newspaper pages than the Library of Congress.

    04/03/2018 7:04:13 AM PDT · by RubyR · 13 replies
    Harper's Magazine ^ | September 13, 2017 | Jesse Coburn
    Tom Tryniski isn’t trained as an archivist. Nor does he have ties to any institution or receive much compensation for the many hours he’s spent scanning the microform of local newspapers he orders from libraries. Still, he is devoted to the endeavor. Since his retirement in 1999, he has digitized some forty million newspaper pages and posted them to his website, His collection, at three times the size of the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America archive, is in all likelihood the largest free repository of its kind. But there is more work to be done, Tryniski says. “Do you...
  • Library of Congress stops full-Twitter archiving at 2017's end

    12/26/2017 11:20:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | December 26, 2017 9:47 AM PST | by Lori Grunin
    The official US Archiver of Everything Important will start getting selective about saving tweets in 2018. The Library of Congress is getting picky about saving tweets. I'd completely forgotten that in 2010 the Library of Congress had been retroactively gifted the entire archive of public tweets since 2006 and that it had been collecting them since then. Now that the novelty's over, the LOC said on its blog Tuesday it will follow its usual policy of limiting collection to only tweets it deems significant. In a white paper (PDF) issued during the last week of December 2017, the library stated...
  • Library of Congress continues work on scrubbing “illegal alien” from the records

    07/23/2016 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot ^ | July 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in March we talked about the decision by the Library of Congress to stop using “offensive terms” like illegal alien to refer to, er… illegal aliens. Shortly thereafter, Republicans in Congress moved to attach language to the pending appropriations bill which would require the Library of Congress to stick to terminology as it exists in current federal law. But since it hasn’t passed yet, the Library is moving forward with the changes and keeping up the debate in the media. (New York Times) “There is no other way to put this: the library has bowed to the political pressure...
  • Thanks to a GOP Senator, Obama’s ‘Far Left’ Pick Confirmed to Head Library of Congress

    07/14/2016 7:37:57 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 13, 2016 | Ken McIntyre
    Conservative critics of President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Library of Congress were blindsided Wednesday when a key Republican engineered her lopsided confirmation by the Senate despite concerns she is, in the words of one opponent, “an unqualified, far-left progressive.” The Senate voted 74-18 to confirm Carla D. Hayden, who leads Baltimore’s public library system, as the 14th librarian of Congress. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., rushed Hayden’s nomination to the floor even as Blunt’s office declined to answer The Daily Signal’s inquiries Wednesday morning about the status of the nomination. U.S. Senate Roll Call Vote (go to link) All...
  • Term 'Illegal Alien' to Remain at Library of Congress

    06/12/2016 11:56:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 10, 2016 | 4:24 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    The Library of Congress will continue using the term “illegal alien” following Friday’s passage of the annual legislative funding bill. The Library of Congress had proposed changing the term, saying the term “has become pejorative.” Republicans insisted that the library use terms that reflect federal law, and included language maintaining the federal terminology in the funding bill. …
  • House orders Library of Congress to maintain ‘illegal alien’

    06/10/2016 10:39:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    The House voted Friday to order the Library of Congress to keep using the term “illegal alien” to describe those who come to the U.S. without authorization, saying that as long as federal laws written by Congress use those terms, so should their official records-keeper. The library earlier this had proposed changing, saying that despite being used in law, the term had “become pejorative” and needed to be axed. Instead the library said it would use “noncitizen” to refer to illegal immigrants, and “unauthorized immigration” to refer to the broader issue. Republicans revolted against the change, and demanded in the...
  • Library Of Congress To Eliminate Terms "Illegal Alien" And "Alien"

    03/31/2016 5:00:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies ^ | March 31, 2016 | Caroline May
    The Library of Congress is dropping the terms “illegal alien” and “alien” from its subject headings after a group of college students and the American Library Association protested the words’ usage.
  • Meet the fired Republican staffer who's taking on Hollywood over internet freedom

    03/20/2013 8:41:58 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 10, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Back in November of last year, Republican staffer Derek Khanna faced a dilemma that, unlike the problems faced by many of his peers in the GOP, had nothing to do with the election. Specifically, Khanna had authored a memo on copyright reform for his then-employers, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) that shot down three “myths of copyright” – that is, that “the purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content,” that “copyright is the free market at work,” and that “the current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity.” Khanna’s memo was meant to...
  • “Books That Shaped America” Exhibition to Open June 25

    06/27/2012 12:04:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | June 21, 2012 | Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress--the worldÂ’s largest repository of knowledge and information--is beginning its multiyear "Celebration of the Book" with an exhibition, "Books That Shaped America," opening June 25. The exhibition is part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives. The "Books That Shaped America" exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This...
  • Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive

    12/06/2011 8:23:04 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 12/6/2011, 4:01pm ET | Michael O'Connell
    The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents. "We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. "The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there."
  • Faces of War - A Library of Congress exhibit reminds us of the lives touched by conflict.

    05/27/2011 2:10:47 PM PDT · by neverdem
    City Journal ^ | 27 May 2011 | Ryan L. Cole
    Surveying Washington’s Civil War hospitals, Walt Whitman remarked how the sight of soldiers unlocked a “new world somehow to me, giving closer insights, new things, exploring deeper mines than any yet, showing our humanity.” Despite the passage of more than a century—2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the inaugural mortar blasts at Fort Sumter—the Civil War and its famous actors continue to captivate. Largely lost to time, however, are the names and faces of those men who so touched Whitman: the ordinary Americans who fought, died, and are buried on the battlefields. The Library of Congress’s kick-off of the war’s...
  • Rare Library of Congress colour photographs of the Great Depression

    05/18/2011 8:08:53 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 36 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 05/18/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter (staff)
    It was an era that defined a generation. The Great Depression marked the bitter and abrupt end to the post-World War 1 bubble that left America giddy with promise in the 1920s. Near the end of the 1930s the country was beginning to recover from the crash, but many in small towns and rural areas were still poverty-stricken. These rare photographs are some of the few documenting those iconic years in colour. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color. The images, by...
  • Library of Congress hawk caught

    01/28/2011 3:59:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 28, 2011
    WASHINGTON, Officials with the Library of Congress in Washington said a female Cooper's hawk was captured after spending a week trapped in the facility. Matt Raymond, the library's director of communications, said the hawk is believed to have flown in through a window Jan. 19 and spent a week evading capture in the Thomas Jefferson Building's Main Reading Room, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The hawk, which fed on frozen quail from a trap without being snared, was caught using starlings as bait by a Raptor Conservancy of Virginia team at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The team spent about 25...
  • 'Airplane!', 'Empire Strikes Back' To Join Library of Congress

    12/28/2010 8:20:15 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 66 replies · 8+ views
    ABC ^ | December 28, 2010 | LEE FERRAN
    It's official. When, in hundreds of years, the future of humanity scours the U.S. Library of Congress for clues as to how primitively we lived back in the early 21st century, the jive-talking granny in "Airplane!" could very well be integral to the study.
  • Key Dems Order Suppression of Report on Honduras

    11/01/2009 3:25:31 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 1,170+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 31 October 2009 | John Semmens
    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees—Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), respectively—are demanding the librarians at the Law Library of Congress to suppress a report on the Honduran crisis. The problem with the report is that it concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was carried out in accordance with that country’s constitution. “This report directly contradicts the President’s position on this crisis,” Berman pointed out. “It creates an air of confusion regarding US policy on this matter. On matters of foreign policy, this nation must speak with one voice...
  • DeMint accuses Dems of censorship on Honduras issue

    10/29/2009 9:13:15 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies · 753+ views
    Herald Online ^ | Lesley Clark
    WASHINGTON -- The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country. The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don't like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office. Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy...
  • Kerry wants Law Library report on Honduras retracted

    A month ago, the Law Library of Congress reviewed the removal of Manuel Zelaya from his post as President of Honduras, an act that the Obama administration called a “coup” and demanded reversed for its illegality. To the embarrassment of the White House and State Department, the Congressional body determined that Honduras acted lawfully in removing Zelaya for his crimes against their constitution, although they determined that his exile broke Honduran law. Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:
  • Kerry, Berman want controversial Honduras report to be retracted (John F? Kerry wants? heh heh)

    10/27/2009 10:27:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 43 replies · 2,176+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/09 10:06 PM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    Senior congressional Democrats want a report on the ouster of Honduran president Manuel Zelaya to be retracted. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) made the demand in a letter dated Tuesday to James Billington, the Librarian of Congress. They asked the Law Library of Congress to withdraw and correct the August 2009 report titled “Honduras: Constitutional Issues.” “The report, which has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks Honduras, contains factual errors and is based on a flawed legal analysis that has been refuted by experts from the United States, the Organization of American States, and...
  • The Sounds of American Life and Legend Are Tapped for the Seventh Annual National Recording Registry

    06/11/2009 10:38:59 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies · 275+ views
    Library of Congress ^ | June 9, 2009 | no byline
    Twenty-five culturally significant recordings — including a 70-year-old radio broadcast of Marian Anderson's recital at the Lincoln Memorial, Dylan Thomas reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and Winston Churchill's post-World War II speech that coined the term Iron Curtain — will be preserved in a special sound archive. Every year the Librarian of Congress selects sound recordings to include in the National Recording Registry. This year's batch, being announced Wednesday, also includes signature performances from several artists such as Etta James' "At Last!," The Who's "My Generation" and Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner doing their 2000-year-old man routine. The...
  • King, Pens and Swords

    05/08/2008 12:37:53 PM PDT · by LJayne · 12 replies · 111+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 5/08/08 | BDN Staff
    Conservatives are jumping on author Stephen King for his remarks at a recent Library of Congress event...