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National Book Festival

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The Library of Congress Pavilion offers an in-depth look at the many ways the Library brings its extraordinary resources to Congress and the American people everywhere. A variety of special exhibits will be on view, and you can hear from representatives of the various Library divisions on the work they do to collect, share and preserve the creative and intellectual heritage of the nation at the world’s largest library.

Presentation Schedule

Presentation Presenter Time
National Digital Initiatives at the Library Kate Zwaard 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
A talk on how the Library seeks to use digital technologies to explore new uses of its collections, spark innovation, and grow capacity for the care of our nation's cultural memory.
Teaching with the Library of Congress Lee Ann Potter & Teresa St. Angelo 11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Primary sources from the collections of the Library of Congress can be extraordinary sources of inspiration and motivation in every classroom! This session will highlight the wide variety of primary source-based classroom materials, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers, which are available from the Library.
Chronicling America: Elections in the News Deborah Thomas 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Highlights of historic news coverage of presidential elections during the 19th and early 20th centuries from our Chronicling America online collection of historical newspapers. Come hear more about it!
Strengthening Our Networks Pam Jackson 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
A showcase of the networks of organizations affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, explaining what the networks are, what organizations they contain, and some of the current activities and programs happening throughout the networks. The Library's Center for the Book includes the Young Readers Center and Poetry and Literature Center and administers the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program.
Why Braille? Karen Keninger 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
NLS director Karen Keninger will discuss the importance of braille literacy and some of the changes necessitated by the current technological environment.
Introduction to & Barbara Bavis 1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
A review of the wealth of information that can be found on the website of the Law Library of Congress, and the legislative information system. Attendees will learn about where to find certain historical legal and legislative documents recently digitized, information about bills and resolutions introduced in Congress from 1973 to the present, links to free U.S. state and foreign legal research materials online and more.
Copyright FAQs Whitney Levandusky 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Join the Copyright Office through the life of an artist as we encounter and explain common questions of copyright law often asked by creators and content users alike. Topics covered will include: originality, authorship, the exclusive rights, distinguishing copyright and trademark, publication, and permissions.
Copyright Disputes in Presidential Elections Rob Kasunic 2:50 pm. – 3:20 p.m.
Presidential elections frequently inspire copyright disputes during campaigns. This session will explore some of the common copyright issues that arise and how they are resolved.
Half Horse & Half Aligator Stephen Winick 3:20 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.
Songs and stories from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. In this election year, we’ll hear some campaign songs that entered the folk tradition, and find out what Woody Guthrie thought of the 1940 presidential election. We’ll also hear from modern artists who have mined the archive, from Johnny Cash and Tthe Animals to Feist and Beyoncé.
World Digital Library Jason Yasner 4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
The World Digital Library is a free, multilingual collection of cultural treasures and a joint project between the Library of Congress, UNESCO and partner institutions from around the world. This presentation will provide a brief introduction to WDL's mission, structure and online cultural treasures.
Veterans History Project Lisa Taylor 4:35 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.
An overview of the Library's Veterans History project, with samples of a few interesting collections, how veterans can share their stories and how interviewers can submit them for preservation.
General Pershing's Leadership During the Great War Mitchell Yockelson 5:10 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
A talk on General Pershing's role as commander of the American Expeditionary Forces and how through excellent leadership, the Americans accomplished what the French and British failed to do over the preceding four years: defeat the German Army.

Display Schedule

Program Time
American Folklife Center 3 p.m. − 8 p.m.
Copyright 9 a.m. − 8 p.m.
Geography & Map 9 a.m. − 3 p.m.
Law Library of Congress 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Local History & Genealogy 9 a.m. − 3 p.m.
National Digital Newspaper Program 3 p.m. − 8 p.m.
National Library Service for the Blind 9 a.m. − 6 p.m.
Preservation 9 a.m. − 6 p.m.
Prints & Photographs (display) 3 p.m. − 8 p.m.
Publishing Office 9 a.m. − 6 p.m.
Veterans History Project 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
World Digital Library 9 a.m. − 8 p.m.
WWI Centennial Commission 9 a.m. − 8 p.m.