Library of Congress Appoints New Chief of African and Middle Eastern Division
The Library of Congress has appointed Lanisa Kitchiner as chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division. Kitchiner brings more than 18 years’ experience as an administrator of cultural institutions and an academic mobilizing knowledge around Africa’s cultural and historical ties to the Middle East.Kitchiner most recently served as director of education and scholarly initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art...
July 24, 2020
Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Full Author Lineup
The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will connect with audiences across the country for an interactive, online celebration of “American Ingenuity” for the festival’s 20th year, featuring new books by more than 120 of the nation’s most-renowned writers, poets and artists. The festival will also showcase the many ways our national library embraces all subjects in its unparalleled collection.During the weekend of...
July 13, 2020
2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction to be Awarded to Colson Whitehead
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Colson Whitehead, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels “The Nickel Boys” and “The Underground Railroad,” will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept. 25-27.Whitehead, 50, is the youngest person to receive the Library’s fiction award for his lifetime of work.“Colson Whitehead’s work is...
Library of Congress FEDLINK Awards Recognize Federal Library Community
The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public.Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The Fiscal Year 2019 winners...
June 24, 2020
Library of Congress Announces 2020 Homegrown Concert Series: Homegrown at Home
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will present traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures thriving in the United States and around the world in a new online concert series each Wednesday through September.This year’s Homegrown summer concert series, “Homegrown at Home,” is being presented in a new online format, consistent with social distancing and safety practices in...
June 22, 2020
Library of Congress to Award Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity to Danielle Allen
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, will receive the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.Allen will collaborate with the Library on an initiative she has designed, titled “Our Common Purpose—A Campaign for Civic Strength at...
June 17, 2020
Library & Copyright Office Host Forum on Copyright Modernization
On Thursday, July 16, at 10 am ET, the Library of Congress Office of the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Copyright Office will host a virtual public forum on Copyright Office IT modernization. The purpose of Copyright Office IT modernization is to ensure that the creative community and other copyright users have a nimble, state-of-the-art, and efficient IT system at their service. This...
June 11, 2020
Librarian Appoints Joe Cappello to Serve as Chief Human Capital Officer
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that Joe Cappello has been selected to serve as the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) for the Library of Congress, effective immediately. Cappello has been the acting CHCO since January.“The Library’s employees are our greatest strength, so I am delighted that Joe Cappello will lead our Human Capital Directorate, because I know he is as committed to...
June 10, 2020
Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until September 1
The Library of Congress announced today that it will cancel all scheduled public events at the Library until Sept. 1 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings...
May 29, 2020
Library of Congress Commissions 10 New Works of Music in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Library of Congress will premiere a series of 10 commissions of new music from composers across America in The Boccaccio Project, inspired by a similar literary effort in the mid-14th century by Giovanni Boccaccio.The new commissions will premiere on the Library’s website and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on weekdays from June 15 to June 26, and the commission manuscripts...
May 28, 2020
Library of Congress Welcomes Junior Fellows to 2020 Summer Intern Program
The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of 40 undergraduate and graduate students to its highly competitive Junior Fellows summer intern program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will be conducted virtually.This year’s Junior Fellows program, which runs from May 26 to July 31, includes 27 special projects across divisions of the Library of Congress. The program will expose the Junior...
U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Appointed for a Second Term
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Joy Harjo to serve a second term as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2020-2021. During her second term, Harjo will launch a new Library of Congress collection and online map featuring Native poets and poetry.“Joy Harjo is such an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” Hayden said. “I’m thrilled she said yes to a...
April 27, 2020
Papers of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur and William McKinley Now Online
The papers of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Chester Alan Arthur and William McKinley have been digitized and are now available online for the first time from the Library of Congress. These papers can be accessed both at the loc.gov website and on the new LOC Collections mobile app.The three presidencies represented in these collections all began or ended with the trauma of a presidential assassination....
April 24, 2020
Library of Congress Needs a Few Citizen DJs
The Library of Congress is celebrating its 220th birthday today with a present for music-makers and music-lovers everywhere: a chance to play with Citizen DJ, a groundbreaking project that inspires hip-hop music-making from home and opens new doors into the Library’s extensive audio collections.Citizen DJ is an open-source web-browser application created by Library of Congress 2020 Innovator in Residence Brian Foo in partnership with...
April 22, 2020
Celebrate the Library's 220th Birthday with the LOC Collections App
To celebrate the 220th anniversary of its founding, the Library of Congress today announced the release of the LOC Collections app, the premiere mobile app that puts the national library’s digital collections in the hands of users everywhere.In addition to providing an easy, accessible way to search and explore the Library’s growing digital collections, LOC Collections allows users to curate personal galleries of items...
April 14, 2020
Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until July 1
The Library of Congress announced today that it will cancel all scheduled public events at the Library until July 1 as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings...
Jason Reynolds Connects with Young People at Home through New Video Series and Newsletter
In his new role as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds will connect directly with young people online during the coronavirus pandemic, in collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.On April 14, Reynolds will debut his first initiative in support of his platform GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story—including a monthly newsletter for parents...
April 7, 2020
Library of Congress Crime Classics Series Debuts Simultaneously in Print and Braille
Poisoned Pen Press, the mystery imprint of leading independent publisher Sourcebooks, worked closely with the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress to ensure a simultaneous print and braille release of “That Affair Next Door” by Anna Katharine Green, the debut title in the new Library of Congress Crime Classics series.“The collaboration between Poisoned Pen Press,...
March 30, 2020
Dav Pilkey Collaborates with the Library to Serve Families at Home
Dav Pilkey, the children’s author and illustrator behind award-winning and worldwide bestselling book series including Dog Man and Captain Underpants, is collaborating with the Library of Congress to serve children and families online during the coronavirus pandemic.Dav Pilkey at Home will feature new video content created by Pilkey himself on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET on social media channels and the websites of...
March 26, 2020
Library Extends Public Facility Access Closures Until Further Notice
Out of an abundance of caution, all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. The Library has reduced the number of people in Library buildings to a very small number of necessary individuals.As previously announced, all Library-sponsored public programs and...
March 25, 2020
National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist
The gentle sounds of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”; Russ Hodges’ thrilling play-by-play of the National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951; the Village People’s international dance anthem, “Y.M.C.A.”; “Cheap Trick at Budokan”; and the original 1964 Broadway cast recording of “Fiddler on the Roof” are among the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library...
March 17, 2020
Library of Congress Cancels Public Events Until May 11
The Library of Congress announced today that all public events at the Library are canceled until May 11 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Whenever possible, the Library will reschedule the public programs that have been canceled. We will also provide regular public updates on the operating status of Library facilities.Library of Congress buildings and facilities remain closed to the public until...
March 12, 2020
Library of Congress Announces Limited Access to Facilities Until April 1
Out of an abundance of caution, the Library of Congress announced today that all Library of Congress buildings and facilities will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, starting at 5 p.m. today until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. Library employees, contractors, invited and escorted visitors, and other...
March 10, 2020
By the People Launches First Wholly Non-English Crowdsourced Transcription Project
The Library’s crowdsourcing initiative By the People has launched its newest campaign to enlist the public’s help to make digital collection items more searchable and accessible online. Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents includes thousands of pages of historical documents in Spanish, Latin and Catalan. As the first entirely non-English crowdsourced transcription project by the Library, this campaign will open the legal, religious and...
March 9, 2020
Library Enhances Reading Room Access for Researchers
Beginning Monday, April 6, the Library of Congress will modify the evening public service hours and associated reference services within three reading rooms. The new service hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday hours in these reading room will remain 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours in the Library’s other reading rooms are not affected. The following...
March 6, 2020
2020 Earth and Space Science Talks
NOTE: The Library will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8 a.m. to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. During the closure, all Library-sponsored public programs (including “Understanding 99 Percent of the Universe," scheduled for March 25) are postponed or cancelled.This month, the Library of Congress will kick off the...
March 3, 2020
Kluge Center Announces Public Events for Spring
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce a packed schedule of public events happening this spring. All events will be held in room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The events are free and open to the public. However, tickets are suggested and available via Eventbrite.March 10, 4...
March 2, 2020
Librarian of Congress Seeks Input on Register of Copyrights
The public will have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights, the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced today. Beginning today, March 2, a form to solicit this feedback is online and open to the public. The form will be posted through Friday, March 20. Public input form: https://www.loc.gov/about/librarian-of-congress-seeks-input-on-register-of-copyrights/ Deadline for submitting...
February 27, 2020
New Initiative "Live! At the Library" on Thursday Evenings Postponed Until Later in 2020
The Library of Congress will delay plans to extend its public hours on Thursday evenings and feature regular live programming for visitors as part of a new initiative, Live! At the Library, due to the Library’s temporary closure to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 coronavirus. Public events at the Library have been canceled until May 11.A new launch date...
February 19, 2020
Archive of Shawn Walker and Collection of Harlem Photography Workshop Acquired by Library
The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of photographer Shawn Walker and his collection of photos, ephemera and audio recordings representing the influential Kamoinge Workshop based in Harlem, the Library announced today.Founded in New York City in 1963, the Kamoinge Workshop is a collective of leading African American photographers, such as Anthony Barboza, Louis Draper, Adger Cowans, Albert Fenner, Ray Francis, Toni Parks,...
February 13, 2020
Major Gift to Support Reimagining Visitor Experience at Library of Congress
A major gift by philanthropist David Rubenstein will help fund a project to reimagine and enhance the visitor experience for the nearly 2 million people who visit the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building each year. The goal is to better connect visitors with history and provide better access to the unparalleled collections held by the national library.Rubenstein, the chairman of the Library’s James...
February 11, 2020
'Cherry Blossoms' Book Explores Rich History of Springtime Celebration
Vibrant springtime traditions of cherry blossom viewing in Japan and Washington, D.C., are explored in the new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published today by Smithsonian Books, in association with the Library of Congress.Visual art, including prints, drawings and photographs from the Library’s collections, provide a fresh look at the tradition of cherry blossom celebrations that originated more than...
February 10, 2020
Library of Congress Opens Applications for Teacher-in-Residence
The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current teachers of journalism or economics for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Learning and Innovation Office during the 2020-21 school year.The program description and application details for the position can be found at loc.gov/teachers/teacher-in-residence/. Applications are due on Friday, March 27, 2020.The Learning and Innovation team develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the...
February 7, 2020
Kluge Center Welcomes New 2020 Scholars
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce several new scholars who have arrived or will arrive in residence in 2020.Hal Brands will hold the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations beginning in July and will continue through December.Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International...
February 6, 2020
Library Announces Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Events
The Library of Congress announces two cultural events during the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees. An artwork display and book launch for “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress” will kick off the Library’s celebration on Thursday, April 9. The gift book visualizes the fascinating history of cherry...
Historical Newspapers Edited by Frederick Douglass Now Online
Newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838 and became a voice for abolitionists as a journalist, orator, and author, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.The collection is comprised of 568 issues of three weekly newspaper titles dating between 1847 and 1874: The North Star in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglass’ Paper in Rochester, New...
January 22, 2020
National Book Festival Presents Winter and Spring Events as Series Continues
The Library will be closed to the public, including researchers and others with reader identification cards, until Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus. During the closure, all Library-sponsored public programs, including some events in the series National Book Festival Presents, are postponed or cancelled.National Book Festival Presents, the new series from the Library of Congress showcasing authors, their...
January 13, 2020
Jason Reynolds Named New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jason Reynolds as the seventh National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-2021. The Newbery Honor recipient succeeds Jacqueline Woodson, who served as National Ambassador in 2018-2019.Reynolds is the author of 13 books for young people including his most recent, “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told...
January 13, 2020
Library of Congress Accepting Applications for 2020 Literacy Awards Until March 6
Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Library of Congress Literacy Awards from Jan. 13 to March 6. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards, which were created by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad....
December 19, 2019
Holiday Schedule Dec. 2019-Jan. 2020
The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2019 and early January 2020:Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)All Library buildings and services, including reading rooms and exhibitions, will be CLOSED to the public.Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s...
December 18, 2019
New Endowment to Support National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled
The Library of Congress today announced a major endowment in support of the work of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS). Established by Susan D. Diskin in honor of her late mother, the Tiby Diskin Memorial Fund will provide resources for the Library to expand its services to individuals with visual impairments and other print disabilities.The first initiative made...
December 18, 2019
Librarian of Congress Appoints Maria Strong as Acting Register of Copyrights
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that she has appointed Maria Strong as Acting Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office, effective January 5, 2020. She succeeds Register of Copyrights Karyn A. Temple, who announced last week that she will be leaving the Copyright Office to accept a new position in the private sector.“I am pleased to announce that Maria...