Posts Tagged: Library of Congress
Last week, Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress, making her the first woman and the first African-American in the position. Hayden talked with Jeffrey Brown of PBS Newshour about the challenges of her new position, and her favorite children’s book, Bright April by Marguerite de Angeli, a story about a young girl who experiences racial discrimination....more
The Library of Congress is, for the first time, naming a graphic novelist as the Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The honor goes to Gene Luen Yang, author of the graphic novels American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, among others....more
Ray Bradbury, Joseph Heller, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, and Kurt Vonnegut all found homes for their stories in Playboy. Now the publication better known for the highly photoshopped pictures of naked women plans to focus on its articles—by March 2016, the magazine will do away with nude pictures....more
Which book can be comprehensively defined by the keywords “married people,” “college teachers,” and “New England”?
What about “totalitarianism” and “London (England)”?
See how well you can categorize bookshelves with this quiz about Library of Congress subjects from The Toast....more
Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye gave a talk at the Washington D.C. Library of Congress about digital archiving and the need to educate creators. The landscape of archiving one’s work has dramatically changed in recent decades as everything can be instantly loaded (and saved for eternity) to the web:
I think that people are constantly thinking about capturing things that they’re not actually present for the moment they’re trying to capture….We have to realize there’s a level of documentation that’s just chatter, it’s noise, and beyond that, people who are truly documenting are going to have to find a way to puncture that.”
The Library of Congress has put together a provocative list of 88 Books That Shaped America. (Happy belated 4th!)
The LOC is also ready for nominations on what to add and why. The list is officially unfinished and meant to inspire conversation on what American literature has done to influence the lives of the country’s people....more
The big news this week was the iPad announcement, including the tech-world’s dismissal of it. (Fraser Speirs addresses that nicely.) But there’s a lot more happening in the world of e-books.
For example, NASA just opened an e-book section and its first offering is a history of the X-15 hypersonic test aircraft....more