News from the Library of Congress

December 2023

November 2023

  • November 29, 2023  (23-098)
    Library of Congress Webinar on Human Rights Day: Science Literacy and the Law The Law Library of Congress will host a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 7, to discuss how science literacy helps the law, including handling of evidence at all stages of its journey through the criminal justice system. Sarah Cooper, a 2017 Law Library scholar-in-residence, will explain how science helps the law to understand the world in which legal policy, including human rights standards like the...
    • Date: 2023-11-29
  • November 28, 2023  (23-100)
    Library of Congress Hosts Virtual Panel on Artificial Intelligence and Cancer The Library of Congress will host its annual Cancer Moonshot panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Led by the Health Services Division and the Researcher Engagement and General Collections Division at the Library, the virtual event will bring together renowned international experts working on artificial intelligence for cancer screening, immunotherapy, imaging, and the ethics involved in using AI to provide their...
    • Date: 2023-11-28
  • November 16, 2023  (23-097)
    Celebrate the Holidays, See National Film Registry Selections During Live at the Library in December Visitors are invited to get into the holiday spirit at Live! at the Library in December with the Library's annual holiday celebration and Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 14. Plus, on Dec. 21 and 28, watch two holiday films that will be added to the National Film Registry this year. And enjoy happy hour alongside café concerts on Dec. 7, 14 and 21 in...
    • Date: 2023-11-16
  • November 6, 2023  (23-096)
    Library Seeks Applicants for the 2024 Junior Fellows Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Program, a summer internship held from May 20, 2024, to July 26, 2024. This 10-week, full-time paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in learning and conducting research using the resources of the largest library in the world. Remote and on-site project opportunities are available. The...
    • Date: 2023-11-06
  • November 2, 2023  (23-094)
    Library of Congress Opens Award Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovations and successes of federal libraries, librarians and library technicians in meeting the information demands of government, businesses, scholarly communities and the public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2023.For nomination materials, visit the “awards” section of the FEDLINK website or email...
    • Date: 2023-11-02
  • November 2, 2023  (23-095)
    Library of Congress Hosts Premiere of "Language Is Life," an Episode from the PBS series Native America The Library of Congress will premiere one of four new episodes of the acclaimed PBS series “Native America” on Nov. 9, focused on Native people’s efforts to preserve their languages and ways of life. The film, which features Library collections, will be followed by a panel discussion on Indigenous language preservation, as part of the Library’s celebration of Native American Heritage Month.Narrated by former...
    • Date: 2023-11-02

October 2023

  • October 19, 2023  (23-089)
    Shakespeare Everywhere Festival, Conversation with Simon Schama and More During Live at the Library in November Throughout November, the Library will host events during Live at the Library as part of the city-wide Shakespeare Everywhere Festival. Public health leader Atul Gawande joins public intellectual Simon Schama for a conversation on Nov. 16. Plus, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Washington, D.C. Home Rule Act on Nov. 30 with a panel discussion, GoGo band performance and more.On Thursday evenings, the Library’s...
    • Date: 2023-10-19
  • October 18, 2023  (23-091)
    Library Announces 2023 Music Commissions from Koussevitzky Foundation The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere of each work.Winning composers for 2023 and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Lembit Beecher and Ensemble Échappé; Ashkan Behzadi and Ensemble Recherche; Michael Finnissy and...
    • Date: 2023-10-18
  • October 17, 2023  (23-090)
    George Chauncey, Historian of LGBTQ+ Life and Kluge Prize Recipient, Releases New Video Series "Through History to Equality" George Chauncey, recipient of the 2022 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, released three videos today with the Library of Congress examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ Americans. These are now available to watch on loc.gov and the Library’s YouTube channel.In “From Sexual Regulation to Antigay Discrimination,” Chauncey is interviewed by Library of Congress Chief Communications Officer Roswell Encina on...
    • Date: 2023-10-17
  • October 17, 2023  (23-092)
    Materials from the Musical 'Hadestown' Added to Library of Congress Collections The Library of Congress has added rare materials from the development of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown” to its collections, thanks to a donation from the show’s Tony Award-winning creator, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. Items donated by Mitchell tell the story of the show’s development, including draft lyrics written on a yellow legal pad; memorabilia including promotional posters and a postcard from the very first...
    • Date: 2023-10-17
  • October 10, 2023  (23-085)
    Library of Congress Appoints Stephanie Stillo Chief of Rare Book and Special Collections The Library of Congress has named Stephanie Stillo as the new chief of the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Stillo, who assumed her new role on Oct. 9, joined the Library in 2016. She has served as the curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection and the Aramont Library — two of the division’s notable collections.The Rare Book and Special Collections Division...
    • Date: 2023-10-10
  • October 5, 2023  (23-087)
    Library Awards New Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative Grants to Organizations Developing Resources for History, Civics and Democracy Students The Library of Congress has awarded Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative grants to six organizations that are working to develop digital educational projects that teach history, civics, and democracy to secondary students using creative arts materials from the Library’s collections.The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2023 appropriated money for the new Lewis-Houghton Civics and Democracy Initiative, which honors the service and democratic ideals of...
    • Date: 2023-10-05
  • October 4, 2023  (23-A04)
    Library Open for Federal Holiday Oct. 9 The Library of Congress will be open to visitors with timed-entry passes on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including public spaces in the Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions.In addition, the Main Reading Room in the Jefferson building will be open for visitors to view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the Great Hall...
    • Date: 2023-10-04

September 2023

  • September 27, 2023  (23-A03)
    Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, all Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
    • Date: 2023-09-27
  • September 19, 2023  (23-083)
    Library Welcomes Science and Social Studies Teachers for New School Year The Library of Congress began the 2023-2024 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Kelsey Beeghly, a science curriculum and assessment coordinator from Orlando, Florida, will serve as the Library’s 2023-2024 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.Tyron Bey, a middle school social studies teacher from Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been named the 2023-2024 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.Beeghly and...
    • Date: 2023-09-19
  • September 14, 2023  (23-082)
    National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Invites Families for One-on-One Conversations at the Library National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Meg Medina is launching a new series to engage with local children, teens and families beginning on Oct. 7.Meet Meg Medina: Family Office Hours with the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature is an opportunity for families to engage directly with Medina in person at the Library of Congress. In each 20-minute Meet Meg Medina session, children, teens...
    • Date: 2023-09-14
  • September 14, 2023  (23-084)
    American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Add New Collection: 50 Years of Programs from Journalist Bill Moyers The American Archive of Public Broadcasting announced today that it has collected more than 1,000 public television programs produced by veteran broadcast journalist Bill Moyers, and more than 800 of them are available to stream online. The new Bill Moyers Collection in the archive offers a look at more than 50 years of Bill Moyers’ work reporting on our times, during which he became...
    • Date: 2023-09-14
  • September 13, 2023  (23-079)
    Library of Congress Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Danzón Class The Library of Congress joins National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with a special danzón dance class and performance and 50 audio recordings added to its historic PALABRA Archive, which turns 80 this year. The monthlong celebration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 highlights the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic community to the nation.As part of the celebrations through Live at the Library,...
    • Date: 2023-09-13
  • September 12, 2023  (23-081)
    Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Chinatown Reconstruction Artist, educator and 2023 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren is inviting the public to visit an immersive 3D reconstruction of historic Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown in 1914, recreated using archival photographs and records from the Library’s collection. The model is the first part of Yoo Warren’s project, Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational Reconstructions of Erased Historic Neighborhoods of Color, which aims...
    • Date: 2023-09-12
  • September 8, 2023  (23-077)
    Library of Congress Announces 2023 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2023 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to The News Literacy Project, Downtown Boxing Gym and Worldreader.The Literacy Awards program, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein since 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable strategies to combat illiteracy. For...
    • Date: 2023-09-08
  • September 7, 2023  (23-075)
    Library of Congress Honors Libraries in New Jersey and Michigan for Outstanding Service to Readers with Disabilities The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress today recognized two of its cooperating libraries in New Jersey and Michigan for their outstanding service to readers with visual, physical or print disabilities.The New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center in Trenton, New Jersey, received the 2023 Regional Library of the Year Award, while the...
    • Date: 2023-09-07
  • September 6, 2023  (23-080)
    U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to Publish Anthology, Bring Poetry to National Parks as Part of Signature Project, 'You Are Here' Ada Limón’s signature project as the nation’s 24th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, “You Are Here,” will feature two major new initiatives: an anthology of commissioned nature poems and poetry installed as public art in seven national parks.“I want to champion the ways reading and writing poetry can situate us in the natural world,” Limón said. “Never has it been more urgent to feel...
    • Date: 2023-09-06
  • September 1, 2023  (23-053)
    Librarian of Congress Names New Inspector General Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today, the appointment of Glenda B. Arrington as the inspector general for the Library of Congress. Formerly the inspector general of the Air Force Test Center, Arrington’s more than 35-year career comprises a broad professional portfolio spanning the public and private sector, academia, community outreach, and nonprofit board leadership. Arrington has extensive leadership experience and has served for...
    • Date: 2023-09-01
  • September 1, 2023  (23-013)
    A Voice Among the Stars: Poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón Will Ride to Europa on NASA Spacecraft U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón, who is known for work that explores the human connection to the natural world, is crafting a new poem dedicated to NASA’s Europa Clipper mission.Her poem, to be released in the coming months, will be engraved on the Europa Clipper spacecraft. It will travel 1.8 billion miles on its path to the Jupiter system – and will be part...
    • Date: 2023-09-01
  • September 1, 2023  (23-002)
    Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2022 Holland Prize Winner The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Lukas Burgher for a drawing of the historic Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Virginia.The Holland Prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape measured drawing prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, or...
    • Date: 2023-09-01
  • September 1, 2023  (23-057)
    Librarian of Congress Appoints Robert R. Newlen as Interim Director of the Congressional Research Service Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that she has appointed Robert R. Newlen as interim director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), effective July 3, 2023. He succeeds Director Mary Mazanec, who announced this week she will be permanently stepping aside to become a temporary senior adviser to the Librarian.“I am pleased to announce Robert Newlen has agreed to act as director of...
    • Date: 2023-09-01
  • September 1, 2023  (23-071)
    From Cylinders to Surround Mixes: Daylong Demonstration Features Sound and Preservation at the Library The Library of Congress will showcase a range of treasures, technology and history from its recorded sound collection, the largest such audio collection in the world, in a daylong series of presentations and evening sound installations on Aug. 24.Throughout the day, sound engineers and recording historians will present on a unique set of topics covering some of the earliest, most important and most unusual...
    • Date: 2023-09-01

August 2023

  • August 31, 2023  (23-078)
    Library of Congress Awards 2023-2024 National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowships The Library of Congress today announced Rachel Lee Hutcheson, Isabelle Lynch and Lynn Marie Mitchell as its next class of fellows awarded the National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship.Established in 2022 with a generous monetary donation from the National Stereoscopic Association, the fellowship supports research on stereoscopy and the history of photography within the Prints and Photographs Division holdings and the unparalleled photographic history collections...
    • Date: 2023-08-31
  • August 30, 2023  (23-076)
    Copyright Office Issues Notice of Inquiry on Copyright and Artificial Intelligence The U.S. Copyright Office today issued a notice of inquiry in Federal Register on copyright and artificial intelligence. The Copyright Office is undertaking a study of the copyright law and policy issues raised by generative AI and is assessing whether legislative or regulatory steps are warranted.The Copyright Office will use the record it assembles to advise Congress; inform its regulatory work; and offer information...
    • Date: 2023-08-30
  • August 24, 2023  (23-074)
    Dress as Your Favorite Literary Figure, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and More During Live at the Library in September During Live at the Library in September, visitors are invited to attend an event to kick off the upcoming C-SPAN series “Books that Shaped America” on Sept. 7. Plus, dress as your favorite literary figure for a special Literary Costume Ball on Sept. 14. Visitors are invited to begin celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library with special music and dance events in September....
    • Date: 2023-08-24
  • August 23, 2023  (23-072)
    Tens of Thousands Attend 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival Tens of thousands of book lovers joined the Library of Congress National Book Festival in person on Aug. 12 at the Washington Convention Center, including capacity crowds on numerous stages. Videos of select stages are now available, and individual presentations will be made available on demand on the festival’s website during the week of Aug. 21.This year’s festival theme, “Everyone Has a Story,” celebrates...
    • Date: 2023-08-23
  • August 22, 2023  (23-070)
    Library of Congress Releases Newly Digitized Hebrew Manuscripts The Library of Congress has released some 230 newly digitized manuscripts written in Hebrew and similar languages such as Judeo-Arabic, Judeo-Persian and Yiddish. The collection, available online for researchers and the public for the first time, includes a 14th century collection of responsa by Solomon ibn Adret of Barcelona, considered one of the most prominent authorities on Jewish law of all time.The full digital...
    • Date: 2023-08-22
  • August 21, 2023  (23-073)
    Library of Congress to Host Congress.gov Public Forum on Sept. 13 The Library of Congress will hold its next Congress.gov forum on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. As the authoritative source for federal legislative information, Congress.gov is greatly enhanced by public feedback about the site.For the first time, the forum will take place both in person at the Library and via Zoom for participants who would prefer to join virtually....
    • Date: 2023-08-21
  • August 17, 2023  (23-066)
    Library of Congress Announces Fall 2023 Concert Series Brazilian jazz pianist, composer and vocalist Eliane Elias kicks off the fall 2023 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress on Oct. 13. The series presents a diverse lineup of chamber music and jazz concerts in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, along with conversations with musicians and composers, educational projects, and curated displays showcasing collections from the Library’s Music Division.Events are free and open...
    • Date: 2023-08-17
  • August 15, 2023  (23-069)
    C-SPAN and Library of Congress Announce New Primetime Book Series for Fall 2023 C-SPAN and the Library of Congress have announced a joint original feature production for fall 2023: "Books That Shaped America."The 10-part series – which C-SPAN will air LIVE on Mondays, starting Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET – will be a literary journey, tracing America's history by exploring masterpieces in literature that have had, and still have today, a major impact on society.The 10-week...
    • Date: 2023-08-15
  • August 4, 2023  (23-067)
    Library to Formally Add 'Red, White & Royal Blue' By Author Casey McQuiston to National Collection in Advance of Film Adaptation of Novel The Library will host Casey McQuiston, author of the bestselling book “Red, White & Royal Blue,” for a conversation on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.McQuiston will be signing copies of “Red, White & Royal Blue” following their conversation in the Members Room in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase. The event is free, but...
    • Date: 2023-08-04
  • August 3, 2023  (23-068)
    National Book Festival Presents Activities for Families, Author Presentations for Kids and Young Readers Children, teens and families will find a full schedule of free activities at the 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12. Explore a wide array of activities and programs for festival attendees of all ages in Hall DE (Level 2, North Building) of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Young readers of all ages...
    • Date: 2023-08-03

July 2023

  • July 26, 2023  (23-065)
    Library to Host Summer 2023 Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting The Library of Congress will host the summer 2023 meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Participants will hear from Library and Copyright Office staff about the latest developments of the Enterprise Copyright System.In addition to updates from Library and Copyright Office staff on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System, attendees will participate in...
    • Date: 2023-07-26
  • July 25, 2023  (23-064)
    Better Angels Society Announces Finalists for Fifth Annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize For Film The Better Angels Society, the Library of Congress, and the Crimson Lion/Lavine Family Foundation today announced the six finalists for the fifth annual Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. The award, which was established in 2019, recognizes late-stage documentaries that use original research and compelling narrative to tell stories that bring American history to life through archival materials.“We’ve seen time and again...
    • Date: 2023-07-25
  • July 20, 2023  (23-063)
    Enjoy Movies on the Lawn, Café Concerts During Live at the Library in August Enjoy summer movies and music on the lawn this August during Live at the Library. On Aug. 3, take a bachata class from Julissa Cruz of the Latin Vintage Dance Company before a screening of “Mary Poppins.” Plus, join the Library of Congress for screenings in the historic Coolidge Auditorium later in the month, and enjoy café concerts in the Great Hall starting Aug....
    • Date: 2023-07-20
  • July 6, 2023  (23-062)
    George Saunders to Receive 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today that the 2023 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction will be awarded to George Saunders.One of the Library’s most prestigious awards, the annual Prize for American Fiction honors an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination. The...
    • Date: 2023-07-06

June 2023

  • June 30, 2023  (23-061)
    Library of Congress Offers Third Round of Grant Funding to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities The Library of Congress is offering the third round of grants available to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. The Community Collections Grants from the Library’s American Folklife Center offer a wide range of opportunities for many to document experiences from their own perspectives, while enriching the Library’s...
    • Date: 2023-06-30
  • June 22, 2023  (23-060)
    Library of Congress National Book Festival Partners with PBS Books to Share Voices from the Festival with Viewers Nationwide Book lovers across the nation can join the 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival on PBS Books, which will host a series of virtual interviews with some of the festival’s featured authors beginning July 20 in partnership with PBS stations across the country. This marks the eighth collaboration between the Library of Congress National Book Festival and PBS Books, a national programming initiative...
    • Date: 2023-06-22
  • June 22, 2023  (23-059)
    Enjoy Summer Movies and Music on the Lawn During Live at the Library in July Enjoy summer movies and music on the lawn beginning on July 6 with a screening of “Iron Man” and a performance by Batalá Washington, D.C.’s all-women Afro-Brazilian drumming troop. To celebrate the upcoming National Book Festival, all of the movies presented are adapted from books or comics. Plus, join historian Kevin M. Hymel as he discusses his books on George S. Patton at the...
    • Date: 2023-06-22
  • June 14, 2023  (23-058)
    Library of Congress Acquires Music Manuscripts and Papers of Composer John Adams The Library of Congress has acquired the music manuscripts and papers of contemporary American composer, conductor and writer John Adams. Adams is known for works including the opera “Nixon in China” and concert pieces such as “Shaker Loops,” “Harmonielehre,” “Road Movies,” “Chamber Symphony” and “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”John Coolidge Adams was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1947. His career has taken place...
    • Date: 2023-06-14