Library Of Congress

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.

Sonny Rollins Will Reprise Sax Performance Because of Librarian's Find

Sonny Rollins was surprised when a long-lost tape of his Carnegie Hall debut was discovered among the Voice of America's huge collection of recordings at the Library of Congress.

The AP reports that after listening to the tape, the tenor saxophonist got inspired to return to Carnegie to mark the 50th anniversary of that historic concert.

So tonight, Rollins will be performing the same three songs; "Moritat," "Sonnymoon for Two," and "Some Enchanted Evening" that the then 27-year-old saxophonist played with bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Kenny Dennis at his first Carnegie concert on Nov. 29, 1957.

The concert tape had been lost until 2005 when Larry Appelbaum, a jazz specialist at the Library of Congress, discovered a set of tapes in the Voice of America music collection simply labeled "sp. Event 11/29/57 carnegie jazz concert (#1)." Those tapes also included a historic recording of pianist Thelonious Monk's quartet with saxophonist John Coltrane, which became one of 2005's most important jazz releases.

Librarian Rows, yes, Rows to Work at the Library of Congress

After years battling awful traffic on the Anacostia Freeway in suburban Maryland, librarian Gabriel Horchler has found a calm and enjoyable way to get to work at the Library of Congress...as a matter of fact, he calls his commute "the highlight of my day." He rides a bicycle to his where his 21-foot-long fiberglass rowing shell is stored in a boathouse, then completes his commute with another bicycle.

The routine is only possible thanks to a flexible work schedule. The Library of Congress allows employees to arrive between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. -- a policy intended in part to help workers cope with the area's notorious traffic.CNN has the story.

Library of Congress Merging Cataloging and Acquisitions by 2008

From Library Journal, an update on the third and final public meeting on the future of bibliographic control July 9 at the Library of Congress (LC), focusing on "The Economics and Organization of Bibliographic Data." There's also a public webcast of the proceedings.

Lib of Congress Tackles Selecting Blogs to Archive

Search-Engines writes "Blogs are a potentially important record of our time for future generations one that the Library of Congress is interested in preserving. But as with other forms of digital data, the Washington-based library can't hope and, really, doesn't want to save all of the content being published in blogs, according to Laura Campbell, associate librarian for strategic initiatives, who received the 2007 EMC Information Leadership Award at last week's Computerworld Honors Program ceremony, is also the director of the National Digital Library Program.. Here's The Scoop"

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