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120-Character Tweets Pile Up In the Library of Congress

September 23, 2016

120-Character Tweets are Piling Up In the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announced its plan to archive all public messages on Twitter in 2010 (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

But Since 2010 the fire hose of tweets has become an endless tsunami, 500 million messages each day. And volume is the least of it. Archiving is not just amassing stuff. The Library has yet to figure out how to make the stuff usable while protecting privacy. And the tweets keep on coming.

More:

“Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?” Andrew McGill, The Atlantic

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Shocking News From the Library of Congress

July 27, 2016

Shocking News From the Library of Congress

Before leaving Washington for a seven-week vacation, the U.S. Congress did something unprecedented: It approved the appointment of a professional librarian to run the Library of Congress. What a concept! Dr. Carla Hayden, head of Baltimore’s public library system and former American Library Association president, is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post, appointed after a six-month delay, of course.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with 162 million items in its collections. Not exactly the U.S. “national library,” it was established in 1800 to help Congress in its deliberations and, even though today those are largely fact-free, the library remains. It also runs the Copyright Office, has 3,200 employees, and an annual budget of $630 million.

More:

“Senate Approves Carla Hayden As New Librarian Of Congress,” Camila Domonoske, NPR

“Can Carla Hayden Reinvent the Library of Congress?” Alex Duner, U.S. News & World Report

“The Library of Last Resort,” Kyle Chayka, N+1 Online

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National Book Festival 2014

August 30, 2014

National Book Festival 2014

The 2014 National Book Festival is running until 10:00 PM Saturday August 30th in Washington DC, produced by the Library of Congress. This year’s festival was kicked off the National Mall and is being held in the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but they could have held it in a phone booth. 24 percent of Americans haven’t read a book in the last year, and those who did read around 5, probably comic books.

You can attend for free. Go to the Culinary Arts Pavilion to enjoy America’s new National Pastime, watching other people cook.

Related:

“The Decline of the American Book Lover,” Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

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The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?

January 4, 2013

The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?
The Library of Congress archives all public messages on Twitter. This was announced two years ago (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

Now that the Library has amassed this huge and growing sea of  social media data, it doesn’t know what to do with it. Meanwhile, the tweets keep gushing in.

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This Weekend: National Book Festival

September 22, 2012

This Weekend: National Book Festival

Reminder: The National Book Festival is underway, on the National Mall. Read about it here.

2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall
Washington, DC

 Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions
Free
Rain or Shine

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National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

September 13, 2012

National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall
Washington, DC

 Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions
Free

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

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Aye, Bobbie Burns and the Library of Congress

January 25, 2012

Aye, Bobbie Burns and the Library of Congress

By now, no doubt, you’ve finished your haggis and neeps and drained a wee dram to toast the 253th Birthday of poet Robert Burns. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division has an online celebration of Scottish links for your post-Burns Supper perusal:

“Robert Burns Day: Haggis, Anyone?” Kristi Finefield, Picture This

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National Jukebox

May 11, 2011

National Jukebox

“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. “

“At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925. Jukebox content will be increased regularly, with additional Victor recordings and acoustically recorded titles made by other Sony-owned U.S. labels, including Columbia, OKeh, and others.”

 National Jukebox: Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress

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Library of Congress Preserves Your Precious Tweets

April 15, 2010

Library of Congress Preserves your Precious Tweets

The Library of Congress will archive all public messages on Twitter.  How was this announced? Twitter. The Twitter corporation is pleased.

The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

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Library of Congress to Inspector General — Shhh!

June 22, 2009

Library of Congress to Inspector General -- Shhh!

Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has accused the Library of Congress of trying to silence its own Inspector General and quash internal investigation of waste, fraud, abuse, and other crime, reports OhMyGov.com.  As another source puts it, “Grassley Throws Book at Library of Congress.”

The Senator sent a stern letter to Librarian of Congress Billington, including emails from LOC Chief Operating Officer Jo Ann C. Jenkins to Inspector General Karl Schornagel criticizing his investigations:  “Why does the IG feel it necessary to get publicity on this? This does nothing but highlight the issue in the press.” Ms. Jenkins, who suggested softening  the “negative” language of the IG’s  report to Congress, seems to have mistaken IG Karl Schornagel, a CPA and highly-experienced auditor, for her PR flack.

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