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Kate DiCamillo is new U.S. National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
January 4, 2014 | 10:15 am

Kate DiCamilloThe Library of Congress has made one of the more welcome literary announcements of the new year with the news that  children's author Kate DiCamillo is to be America's next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. In this post, she has to raise "national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people." Under the selection criteria, the National Ambassador has to be an "excellent and facile communicator, dynamic and engaging personality," and "someone who is revered by children and who has earned the respect...

A national digital library endowment: How America’s billionaires could be modern Carnegies for real
February 11, 2013 | 8:00 pm

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett was on CBS Sunday Morning. The interviewer, Rebecca Jarvis, asked if he owned an iPhone. No. iPad? No. “He prefers books,” she said in an admiring way, “and reads avidly.” As if electronic books don’t exist! As if millions of Americans are not downloading e-books to iPhones, iPads and other devices! As if a young Buffett today wouldn’t love to read scads of library e-books each year! No, I won’t beat up on either Buffett or Ms. Jarvis, given people’s varying tastes in reading formats. In fact, for retirement purposes, I’m a small shareholder in Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett's company, and I trust his long-term judgment...

Morning Roundup — The Belabored Librarian
January 5, 2013 | 11:43 am

Libraries Can't Buy Many of Amazon's Ebook Hits (American Libraries) Don't Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay (Wall Street Journal) Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets (CNET) Musician uses phony online dating profile to trick iPhone thief (NY Post) 5 Reasons Being a Librarian Is Stressful (Screwy Decimal) Amazon Daily Deals: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh {and 3 others}...

Library of Congress still planning to archive all public Twitter posts
July 22, 2012 | 10:03 pm

Last December I mentioned that the Library of Congress was planning to archive every tweet ever tweeted publicly for use in research and the edification of future generations. Lately there have been some rumors that the LoC was backing off from the project, but a recent post in the Nieman Journalism Lab reports that the plan is definitely still happening, though the Library is still in the process of figuring out how to archive the data and what kind of access to permit. While this doesn’t necessarily have a lot to do with e-books, it’s worth pointing out in...

Disintermediating preservation
June 11, 2012 | 9:00 am

Images That's the title of a very interesting article by Peter Brantley in Publishers Weekly.  He speaks about a problem that has never occured to me. Today, a growing number of authors publish books directly on their own website, via distributor/retailers such as Smashwords, or through direct retailer-sponsored programs such as the Amazon KDP program. Barnes & Noble has a strong self-publishing program called PubIt!, Kobo Books has just launched Kobo Writing Life, and new entrants like Zola Booksare announcing their own direct selling platforms. Almost none of these ebooks are visible through existing distributors. Even as the Library of Congress ramps up support for...

Library of Congress to receive Twitter archives.
December 10, 2011 | 3:16 pm

The Library of Congress is where not just books but other documents deemed to have great historical significance are stored. And soon those documents will include an archive of every single public Twitter posting ever sent. Twitter and the Library of Congress have reached an agreement whereby an archive of those postings will be transferred to the library for inclusion in its electronic archives. "We were excited to be involved with acquiring the Twitter archives because it's a unique record of our time," [LoC digital initiatives program manager Bill] Lefurgy said. "It's also a unique way...

Watch C-SPAN’s documentary on the Library of Congress online
July 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

You forgot to record Monday night's premiere of the new C-SPAN documentary on the Library of Congress, didn't you? Well, you can watch it online for free at C-SPAN's LOC minisite. The 90 minute film takes a holistic approach to its subject, covering everything from the library's founding to its architecture to its vast collection (including a Braille copy of "Mein Kampf"). If you just want to watch the section about how the library uses technology to preserve and study manuscripts, jump to 1:15:45 and watch the part about the Preservation Division. If you're even more impatient, jump straight to 1:20:45, which...

Beyond the Book interviews Martha Anderson from Library of Congress
March 24, 2011 | 9:22 am

MarthaAnderson There is a new “Beyond the Book” podcast from Copyright Clearance Center in which CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviews Martha Anderson, director of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program for the Library of Congress, about at-risk digital content. Anderson takes care of digital information, beginning with working with the Twitter’s archives. “It will help drive the kind of innovation that we want. We want new thought. We need new ideas about how to solve our problems and that’s where this data comes in.” Anderson explains how the Library of Congress is helping...

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report
March 11, 2011 | 10:36 am

Screen shot 2011 03 11 at 10 36 02 AM From Digital Koans: The Library of Congress has released Preserving Our Digital Heritage: The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 2010 Report. Here's an excerpt from the press release: It documents the achievements of the Library of Congress and its NDIIPP partners working together to create sustainable long-term access to digital materials. Since NDIIPP was founded in 2000 by an act of Congress, a network of over 185 partners in 44 states and 25 countries have developed a distributed technical infrastructure, preserved over 1400 at-risk collections, and have made strides to support a legal environment conducive to...

Library of Congress Adds 178K Digitized Pages to Historic Newspaper Database
February 18, 2011 | 11:35 am

Screen shot 2011 02 18 at 11 34 21 AM From an LC Announcement: The Library of Congress has updated the Chronicling America site with an additional 178,000 pages (including 25 new titles) and a “sneak peek” at upcoming changes to the Web site itself. These changes include a new overall look, a “100 Years Ago Today” daily slideshow, new search features, and improved results navigation, to name a few. Take a look and use the Feedback [+] button to let us know what you think! Chronicling America is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the...

Library of Congress puts Civil War portrait collection on Flickr
December 14, 2010 | 3:52 pm

screenshot03-300x244.pngThe Library of Congress has placed 700 Civil War portraits on Flickr, according to Research Buzz. They are available here. This collection is all from one place — the Liljenquist family — and includes the frames of the pictures as well as the ambrotype and tintype photographs themselves. Many of the pictures are soldiers (including some portraits of African-American soldiers) but there are some civilian pictures here as well. There are also many group pictures, both of civilians and soldiers. Some of the pictures are fairly dark and hard to see — or maybe it’s my monitor. If you want more...

Google Books improves its search algorithms, demonstrates feasibility of national libraries
November 2, 2010 | 2:04 pm

googleeditions[1] A pair of interesting articles about Google Books came to my attention over the last day or so. First, in The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal looks at how Google has been tweaking and updating its search algorithms to trawl the linkless world of text on paper, where searchers have radically different needs than those who search the web. In the last couple of days, Google has rolled out a new tweak called “Rich Results,” which presents one extra-large search result if Google thinks that you’re searching for a specific book title. Rich Results is the...