Library Of Congress

The LOC Exposed in the Wise Guide

This month's Wise Guide from the Library of Congress includes a short article, titled The Library Exposed about Carol M. Highsmith's photos of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. The article links you to the Carol M. Highsmith Archive where these and other photos reside. Have a look at the 400+ photos of the LOC here.

Great Stats about the Library of Congress Flickr Content

This Library of Congress blog talks about the amazing success of their ongoing project to put content on Flickr to be viewed and tagged. In two days they had over a million views. Check out other stats at their blog.

Library of Congress and Flickr

The Library of Congress is partnering with Flickr to share access to some of its collections. It's titled The Commons. It's nice that the Library of Congress is seeking new ways to share its collections with those of that can't go to DC.

Microsoft and the Library of Congress

Microsoft will provide technology to the Library of Congress to take a
virtual tour of the library. One of the reasons cited is so that visitor s can plan where they are going, but they may also be able to interact with documents. Very cool stuff.

Library brought to book over loss of Scots section

The LOC has announced that the past 700 years of Scottish literature will no longer have its own section. The National Library of Scotland has urged it to reconsider the decision and the culture minister has vowed to raise the matter with the US Congress.

Under the new rules, the heading Scottish Literature and more than 40 Scottish subjects are to be grouped under three headings.

Library of Congress Working Group report

I know there's something here to report, but I'm too busy...maybe you can read and report...

The Library of Congress and the Future of Bibliographic Control: Working Group Report

"Last November, the Library of Congress (LC) established a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future). It’s staffed by leading research librarians as well as executives from key private sector players, such as OCLC, Google, and Microsoft."

There's a pdf of the report and they welcome comments at www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/contact.) Snail-mail or fax written submissions to Olivia M. A. Madison, Dean of the Library, 302 Parks Library, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-2140, 515 294-2112 (fax).

Interesting notes: "The 19 recommendations in this theme focus on eliminating MARC," and finding some standard for catalog metadata or tagging ("Library data must be usable outside of the catalog").

Judge rejects motion to dismiss transgender discrimination case

The Washington Blade reports that District Court Judge James Robertson will allow Diane Schroer to file a discrimination suit against the Library of Congress for withdrawing a job offer after they found out that the applicant was transgendered.

Library of Congress Chewed Out by Congress

How much must this hurt...to be compared to Wal-Mart in terms of inventory tracking.

But yes, according to this piece from the Washington Post, "corporations such as United Parcel Service and Wal-Mart know how to keep track of their packages and merchandise" {better than the LoC}, a weary but sympathetic congressional panel, headed by Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) told officials of the Library of Congress yesterday.

Not wishing to be compared to a mega-store, Librarian of Congress James Billington responded, appropriately, "We are a working library, not a storehouse. It requires a different approach".

Update: 10/26 12:35 GMT by B : A reader's observations on the L0C situation entitled "Black Hole at the Library of Congress" from a Michael Lieberman's blog at the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Video of Regendered Terrorism Expert Diane Schroer, Rejected by LOC

Remember the appointee at the Library of Congress who was later denied her position because she had a sex change operation? Here's former army Colonel, Diane Schroer: She says: As a civilian, I applied for a job at the Library of Congress as an international terrorism analyst to advise them on our nation's counter terrorism operations. I was selected as the top pick for the job. When I told them I would begin work as Diane, the offer was immediately rescinded. The Library of Congress wanted David for the job, not Diane. Video from Queerty.

Library of Congress Hosts ICAF in October

Love comics? A three day forum on Comic Arts is coming to the Library of Congress on October 18-20, as reported here in the International Comic Arts Forum. There will be guest experts from around the world, and lots of interesting sessions, including
To and against type: Othering and stereotyping.

Guest artists include LAT (Mohammed Nor Khalid) (Malaysia)and KYLE BAKER (USA).

ICAF is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend.

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