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Special Events and Tours at the Library

The Library of Congress is located behind the U.S Capitol building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E. (view directions and public transportation information). The following special events, tours and other meetings take place on the Library of Congress campus (view maps and floor plans). Maps for individual locations of programs are linked from each location below.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time Event Location
8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00 - 5:00pm
High-Density Collections Storage Modules at Fort Meade, Maryland
The Library’s main preservation facility is designed and built to create and optimal preservation environment for the Library’s physical collections, including books and bound periodicals, as well as maps, manuscripts, prints, photographs, sheet music and microfilm masters. Five modules and four cold storage rooms have already been completed and are fully operational, and construction has begun on a sixth.  When construction of all modules is completed, there will be five single size (12,500 sq ft) and four double size (25,000 sq ft) modules, in addition to the cold storage rooms, located on a secure 100-acre site within the U.S. Army Base at Fort Meade, MD. Transportation is provided to and from the WCC.
$20: Register at https://2019.alaannual.org/registration/ticketed-events#LOC External
Ft. Meade Annex
8:00am - 5:00pm Behind the Scenes Tour: National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) at Culpeper, VA
Join us for a tour: Set on a beautiful 45 acre campus with stunning architectural design and landscaping, the Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center is a state-of-the-art facility where the Library of Congress acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts, and sound recordings. Transportation is provided to and from the WCC. If you wish to purchase a boxed lunch for $20 please email [email protected]. No food is available onsite. 
$40: Register at https://2019.alaannual.org/registration/ticketed-events#LOC External
NAVCC Annex
1:00 - 4:00pm Library of Congress Behind the Scenes Tour for the National Program for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
National Library Service (NLS) is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS circulates books and magazines in braille or audio formats, delivered by postage-free mail or instantly downloadable.
FREE: Register at https://2019.alaannual.org/registration/ticketed-events#LOC External
Taylor Street Annex
1291 Taylor Street, NW
Washington, DC 20542
2:30pm Tour of the Jefferson Building
Tours of the Jefferson Building for ALA attendees. The tours are first come first served, and capped at 25 people.
Jefferson Building
Ground Floor Carriage Desk

Friday, June 21, 2019

Time Event Location
9:30am Tour of the Jefferson Building
Tours of the Jefferson Building for ALA attendees. The tours are first come first served, and capped at 25 people.

Jefferson Building
Ground Floor Carriage Desk
1:00 - 4:00pm "Be a Book" Tour
Tours of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate work areas. A behind-the-scenes tour of the path an incoming book takes on its journey to becoming an LC collection item that can be served to users.

Madison Building, Room 642
9:00am - 12:00pm Tour of Hispanic Collection
Collaboration and relationship building between the Hispanic Division and REFORMA.
This event is open to REFORMA members only.
Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor
2:30pm Tour of the Jefferson Building
Tours of the Jefferson Building for ALA attendees. The tours are first come first served, and capped at 25 people.
Jefferson Building
Ground Floor Carriage Desk
7:00 - 8:30pm REFORMA Noche de Cuentos
This event is open to REFORMA members only.
Jefferson Building, 2nd Floor

Saturday, June 23, 2019

Time Event Location
5:00 - 8:00pm Library of Congress Open House
The Library will open its majestic Jefferson Building and Main Reading Room for ALA attendees. Approximately 40 divisions will display items from the Library's collections and provide information on services. The Library will also offer special tours of the Suffrage Exhibit and docent stations around the Jefferson Building.
Jefferson Building
7:00 - 9:00pm Architect of the Capitol Grounds Tours
The Architect of the Capitol will offer guided tours of the outside of LOC campus and Capitol Visitor Tunnel.
Library of Congress Grounds
9:00pm Outdoor Film: National Treasure 2
The Library will showcase National Treasure 2 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
Outside of the Jefferson Building

Monday, June 24, 2019

Time Event Location
9:00 - 10:00am Veterans History Project (VHP) Workshop for NLS libraries
Information session / workshop.
This event is open to NLS libraries only.
Jefferson Building
9:30am Tour of the Jefferson Building
Tours of the Jefferson Building for ALA attendees. The tours are first come first served, and capped at 25 people.

Jefferson Building Ground Floor Carriage Desk
10:00am - 2:00pm Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Special Demonstrations
The Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate is pleased to offer the following special demonstrations for our ALA colleagues:
Room 110 & 110A: Shelf-Ready Services at the Library of Congress
Room 111: Cataloging Policy Lab
Room 111-B: The Library of Congress "eDeposit" Program, copyright deposit of born-digital resources
Room 112: Acquisitions workflows for major acquisitions and for e-books
Room 113: The Library of Congress CIP and Dewey Programs
Jefferson Building, LJ110-113
11:00am - 4:00pm Science, Technology & Business (ST&B) Open House
Tours of ST&B and a Fiber Arts Display.
Adams Building, Room LA508
1:30 - 2:30pm National Screening Room Presentation
The National Screening Room is a project of the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center. The goal of this digital collection is to present to the widest audience possible movies from the Library's extensive holdings, offering a broad range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning. Featured films range from fiction and nonfiction, to home movies and social life and customs, to newsreels and actualities, made from 1890–1999. In this presentation, Mike Mashon, Moving Image Section Head, and Laura Davis, Digital Project Coordinator, will cover curatorial selection, preparation of digital files and metadata, and coordination with the Library’s Web Services.
Register at: https://alanationalscreening.eventbrite.com External
Madison Building, Pickford Theater
11:30am - 12:30pm Recorded Sound and Moving Image Research Center Orientation
Interested in finding out more about audio and visual collections in the Library of Congress?  The Library holds one of the largest collections of sound recordings and moving image material in the world.  Join reference staff as they provide an overview of the breadth and depth of the Library’s audio-visual collections, instruction on discovery and access, search strategies, and copyright issues. 
Register at: https://alanationalscreening.eventbrite.com External
Madison Building, Pickford Theater
3:00 - 4:00pm Recorded Sound and Moving Image Research Center Orientation
Interested in finding out more about audio and visual collections in the Library of Congress?  The Library holds one of the largest collections of sound recordings and moving image material in the world.  Join reference staff as they provide an overview of the breadth and depth of the Library’s audio-visual collections, instruction on discovery and access, search strategies, and copyright issues. 
Register at: https://alanationalscreening.eventbrite.com External
Madison Building, Pickford Theater
2:30pm Tour of the Jefferson Building
Tours of the Jefferson Building for ALA attendees. The tours are first come first served, and capped at 25 people.
Jefferson Building Ground Floor Carriage Desk
4:00 - 7:00pm
(drop-in hours)
History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers and the Holocaust -- A Participatory Research Event to Support a New ALA Traveling Exhibition!
Join fellow library and museum colleagues as we delve into historic newspapers from around the U.S. to uncover how American newspapers reported on three critical turning points in Holocaust history: the Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses, Kristallnacht, and the decision to implement the "Final Solution." What you discover may be incorporated into a new ALA traveling exhibition currently under development by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (available in early 2020).
- Experience a model audience engagement program
- Examine U.S. responses to the Holocaust
- Learn about the Library of Congress historic newspaper collections
- Contribute to the History Unfolded citizen history project: https://newspapers.ushmm.org External
- Influence the traveling exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust: https://www.ushmm.org/americans External
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/warning-signs-of-the-holocaust-history-unfolded-research-sprint-registration-61869479278 External

Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room
Library of Congress, Madison Building, Room 133

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