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Washington/Canadian-Media: The Library of Congress (LoC) is the proud recipient of 2021 Bernardo de Gálvez annual award by the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos to American citizens or institutions who help promote and foster relations between Spain and the Uáánited States, for raising awareness of international recognition for the work of the Hispanic Division. LoC reported.
Bernardo de Galvez. Undated, artist unknown. Prints and Photographs Div. Image credit: LoC
Library’s “valuable contribution to preserving the world’s bibliographic and documentary heritage,” in particular the comprehensive collection of items related to the Iberian peninsula, Latin America and the Caribbean gained recognition by organizers.
“The Hispanic Division is honored to work with many colleagues in the Library of Congress and researchers across the country in acquiring, preserving and making available many different kinds of materials from and about Spain,” said Suzanne Schadl, chief of the Hispanic Division. “This recognition … is an acknowledgment of many peoples tremendous work.”
Bernardo de Gálvez was patriot and key ally in the foundation of the Hispanic presence in North America dating back to 1565 when Spaniards established the first permanent European settlement in what is now St. Augustine, Florida who were responsible establishing towns, missions, trading posts, and infrastructure projects in over half of today’s states.
During the Revolutionary War, apart from Spanish government's aid to the struggling colonial forces, his military exploits helped defeat the British in present-day Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.
Born to a wealthy family in Macharaviaya, a small mountain village in the southeastern province of Málaga, Gálvez and attended an elite military school in Ávila, where he was groomed for a career of battles and conquests on behalf of the Spanish royals.
Having come to the Americas as a teen, fighting on behalf of Spain, and by the time he was 30, he had become the governor of Spanish Louisiana.
Image: “Prise de Pensacola,” Nicolas Ponce, 1784. Painting shows the munitions explosion at the British fortress. Spanish troops, possibly under the command of Gálvez, are on the attack. Prints and Photographs Division. Image credit: LoC
In 2014, Gálvez was awarded honorary citizenship by a bill passed by the Congress , 228 years after his death, joining eight other foreign leaders, including Winston Churchill and Mother Theresa.
Calling him a “hero of the Revolutionary War,” in the joint resolution signed by President Barack Obama, and was successful in driving the British from Pensacola, from which they never returned.
More than two dozen manuscripts on Gálvez and his military accomplishments were included in the Library’s vast Hispanic collections – one of the world’s most comprehensive. Among the rare items is a 1781 letter in George Washington’s correspondence, from Gálvez to François Joseph Paul, Comte de Grasse, about the “capitulation of Pensacola” and the British prisoners’ “word of honour not to take arms.”
Gálvez’s pivotal role in Hispanics’ long presence and contributions to the rich cultural tapestry of the United States, where they now number over 60 million and are the country’s largest minority.
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Washington/Canadian-Media: The collection of Jay I. Kislak Archaeology and History of the Early Americas containing important archaeological artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, maps, and graphic works of art, surveying the earliest history of the lands that would become known as the Americas is now described comprehensively in a new, online finding aid of the Library of Congress (LoC), LoC reported.
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Besides the online finding aid, the LoC also maintains a new digital collection of selected items, including over 300 archaeological artifacts to improve the public’s ability to discover and learn more about this significant historical collection.
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Digital Collection Landing Page for the Kislak Collection. Image credit: Screenshot
Kislak, a businessman, philanthropist, military aviator, and collector, donated his collection to the Library of Congress in 2014.
Included in the Kislak collection are many three-dimensional objects of pre-Columbian date, documenting the indigenous peoples of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
More than twenty indigenous cultures, including the Nahua, the Nuudzahui, the lowland, and highland Maya, the Taino, the Olmec, the Wari, the Inca, and many others are found in Pre-Columbian artifacts, which provide an overview of the arts of indigenous cultures in the period before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492.
Some important texts are written with Mayan hieroglyphs, the only complete writing system originating in the Americas are found in the artifacts like the Tortuguero Box and the dynastic codex-style vase with sixty hieroglyphs.
Codex-Style Vase with Sixty Hieroglyphs from the Classic Maya Period, 300-700 CE.
Image credit: Kislak Collection, Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.
Almost one thousand historically significant texts are found in the Kislak manuscript and rare book collection which give unique insights into the earliest interactions between the indigenous peoples of the Americas and Europeans during the early years of the sixteenth century in the hands of Philip II, King of Spain, the conquistadors Hernán Cortés and Francisco Pizarro, Bartolomé de Las Casas and others.
These manuscripts, along with rare books, maps, and graphic materials, make the Kislak Collection one of the most comprehensive collections of historical materials relating to the period immediately after the arrival in the Americas of Europeans found in private hands at the time of its donation to the LoC.
Examples are the earliest dictionary of the indigenous language of Nahuatl, the Vocabulario en lengua castellana ymexicana (1571) by Alonso de Molina, and the Historia de Nueva-Espana, printed in Mexico City in 1770, by Francisco Antonio Lorenzana y Butron, as well as early printed archaeological tracts like the Descripcion Historica y Cronologica de las Dos Piedras (1792) by Antonio de Léon y Gama.
Bartolomé de las Casas statement of opinion to Charles V. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections, LoC.
Three important watercolor paintings of scenes from the Popol Vuh, a text recounting the Maya creation by the Mexican artist Diego Rivera comprise the graphic materials.
These are a series of eight large paintings of the conquest and the defeat of Montezuma II, the Aztec emperor of Mexico, by an unknown artist, and early photography of archaeological sites by Désiré Charnay.
Other significant historical artifacts that round out the collection’s holdings include Important maps like those of Baptista Boazio illustrating the voyages of Sir Francis Drake and the Carta marina navigatoria Portugallen navigations atque tocius cogniti orbis terre marisque, 1516, by the mapmaker Martin Waldseemüller.
One of the great collectors of early American history and archaeology in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Jay I. Kislak (1922–2018)’s trail through the world of Mesoamerican art, archaeology, and history led him to travel all over Central and South America and a path that crossed many borders and geographical and linguistics boundaries of time.
He told the assembled group of family and friends on his ninety-fifth birthday, on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid, where he served as an aviator in the Second World War, about his deep love for the LoC and how he knew that the collection had found its ideal setting.
He had once written that at LoC, scholars and the general public would have a chance to learn from the stories it had to tell and can be a source of knowledge and inspiration for everyone.
Laurel & Hardy’s silent film 'The Battle of the Century' enters 2020 National Film Registry of Lib of Congress
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Washington/Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: The inclusion of a silent short film, 'The Battle of the Century,' as a highlight of the 2020 class of the Library of Congress (LoC)’s National Film Registry (NFR) was announced by the LoC's Librarian Carla Hayden was announced on Dec 15.
Image: 'The Battle of the Century'. Image credit: Twitter handle of LoC
In its attempt to raise awareness of film conservation, LoC every year adds 25 movies to the NFR to preserve for posterity.
800 films have been added to the National Film Registry for their contributions to the cultural, historic or aesthetic history of American cinema. National Film Preservation Board and cadre of Library specialists makes the preliminary selections, and the Librarian makes the final decision.
Directed by Clyde Bruckman in 1927, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Laurel, 'The Battle of the Century,' was considered as lost for many decades after its theatrical release.
Most of the silent films including two-reel bit of comic relief got left behind as an outdated art form in the latter days of the twenties due to the popularity of the talkies.
But “Battle” wasn’t so quickly forgotten with Laurel and Hardy’s increasing fame.
‘Battle’ is such a well-made film with top-notch people working on it, many of whom went on to great careers,” says Rob Stone, moving image curator for the Library, talking about the film’s place in history. “It also makes for a good example to talk about how silent films were constructed, the progression of Laurel and Hardy’s work and, besides, it’s a feel-good story about how ‘lost’ films aren’t really lost. Maybe it’ll get people to start looking under their beds for other ‘lost’ things,” LoC reported.
Other 2020 entrants into the registry include pop-culture classics “The Dark Knight,” “The Blues Brothers,” and “Grease,” as well as 1918’s “Bread,” by director Ida May Park and Wim Wenders’ 1999 documentary about aging Cuban musicians, “Buena Vista Social Club.”
Reel one of the the film was found in 1970s in a collection at the Museum of Modern Art by the film historian Leonard Maltin, and Mirsalis found its companion four decades later.
The nearly complete film, missing only a few short bits, has been pieced together from the collections of the Library, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the University of California at Los Angeles and other sources. It’s for sale in a variety of formats, often as part of larger anthologies.
The film’s history started in 1927, when Hal Roach Studios put together comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the beginning of what would become one of Hollywood’s most famous on-screen pairings. One of their first projects was “Battle.”
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Washington/Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: Library of Congress presents a documentary of Dolly Parton’s world-class book giveaway program for young children debuted on Facebook this week, highlighting her Imagination Library’s 25-year history and its ties to the Library.
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Since the inception of this program in 1995 when Parton -- the child of impoverished parents (her father was illiterate) in rural Tennessee -- built an international program, more than 150 million books have been given away to young children.
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Participating children of this program receive one free book by mail each month from birth until age five, regardless of income.
The program which began in Parton’s native Sevier County, in the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee, with a first order of 1,760 books soon grew by 2001, by its operating with 27 affiliates in 11 states.
The organization gave away its one millionth book in 2006. A decade later, it was mailing that many books each month and now working across the United States and in Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland.
Parton, a frequent guest at the the Imagination Library, was a 2014 recipient of the Library’s Literacy Awards and in 2018 donated the program’s 100 millionth book to the Library’s collection.
She also joined Librarian Carla Hayden for a talk about the program for the occasion.
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Washington, Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: Library of Congress would present Robert Gottlieb in Conversation with Robert A. Caro and Nan Talese in Conversation with Margaret Atwood, in Behind the Book, a New Event Series, Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
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Behind the Book, a New Event Series, provides a behind-the-scenes view of the world of American book publishing, the editors, designers, publicists, agents and publishers who make the books that win prizes and endure.
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The schedule of events is as follows:
The first virtual event in this occasional series will begin on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., with a focus on Great American Editors featuring legendary editor Robert Gottlieb -- a former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and former publisher of Alfred A. Knopf, as well as former editor and publisher of The New Yorker -- in conversation with one of his best-known writers, Robert A. Caro, author of the critically acclaimed biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson.
The authors Gottlieb has worked with are like a “Who’s Who” of famous writers: Toni Morrison, Doris Lessing, John Cheever, John le Carré, Michael Crichton, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Graham, Barbara Tuchman, Nora Ephron, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. The program will feature tributes to Gottlieb from President Bill Clinton, radio host Diane Rehm, journalist Charles McGrath and literary agent Lynn Nesbit.
On Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., the focus on Great American Editors continues with Nan Talese, a senior vice president of Doubleday and editorial director of her eponymous imprint, in conversation the internationally celebrated novelists, Margaret Atwood. Talese has been a leading editor at Random House, Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and has edited such literary stars as Pat Conroy, Deirdre Bair, Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Antonia Fraser, Barry Unsworth, Valerie Martin, Thomas Keneally, Mia Farrow, Barry Unsworth, Peter Ackroyd, Louis Begley and George Plimpton.
Programs in this new series will premiere on the Library's Facebook page and its YouTube site (with captions). These presentations will be available for viewing afterward at those sites and on the Library of Congress website at loc.gov/collections/event-videos/.
Additional programs in the Behind the Book series will be announced as they are scheduled, with the next being announced in January 2021.
As the world’s largest library built in 1800 in Washington D.C., LoC offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online, and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
While maintaining one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world, LoC also bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
#Charts; #Data Visualization; #Library of Congress; #US Free Charts; #Innovative Learning
Library of Congress/Canadian-Media: The use of charts to clarify ideas goes back many years. In a contemporaneous review of McGuffey’s Reading Charts revised edition, dating from the 1880s, the Superintendent of the Columbus, Ohio Public Schools, R.W. Stevenson, wrote:
Gentlemen: McGuffey’s Revised Reading Charts are beautiful, and will be of inexpressible value in the lower grades of our schools. They cannot only be used as an aid in learning to read and write, but their value for teaching elementary language-lessons will be worth ten-fold their cost. I have had no faith in charts, but those are so beautiful, so well graded, so full of information in the most artistic form, they cannot fail to be valuable. Very truly, R.W. STEVENSON, Superintendent.
McGuffey, W. Holmes. (1881). Photographic reduction of McGuffey’s reading charts. Rev. ed. Cincinnati: Van Antwerp, Bragg & co. Back Cover: Images from HathiTrust scan.
A companion to the New American reading charts, with Object Lessons for the use of teachers, Philadelphia, J. H. Butler & co., c1879.For someone who expresses he had ‘no faith’ in charts, it is apparent that he took a serious and critical look at this edition. In fact, the publication is a work well done with examples of good penmanship, and even a color wheel!
In another work, A companion to the New American reading charts, Philadelphia, J. H. Butler & co., c1879, teachers are given specific directions in their use and even how to hang them on metal rods.
Below is a 1943 chart from the collections of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division explaining how ration coupons worked. These coupons were issued to the U.S. population during World War II and allowed one to purchase a specific amount of a product during a month’s time.
On the day rationing begins, the row of “A” stamps becomes valid. And a new row of stamps becomes good every week on Sunday: “B” the second week, “C” the third, and so on. Stamps will continue to be good after the week is over. But they will expire at the end of the month. At that time “A,” “B,” “C,” and “D” stamps will all expire together, 1934.
In a similar fashion, a chart can convey real-time data today. We regularly receive reports showing our cell phone use every week. Putting the weeks together, we can easily see how our use of this service changes over time and why our rates increase as our usage increases, helping us understand a higher bill at the end of the month.
Charts can help us learn, and they often spare the learner from reading endless pages about a subject with little or no understanding. Charts, in fact, provide avenues for differentiated learning or style-based instruction enabling different types of learners, such as visual learners, to easily grasp the ideas being put forward.
In business, not only is it critical to have both basic and advanced chart interpretation skills, but it is also essential to be able to design a chart and include that chart in a presentation. This skill can be a game-changer as the chart or graph will engage and allow for greater understanding. Well-designed charts call for skills in numeracy, arithmetic, geometry, data analysis, and money management.
There are several types of charts used in the business world, including bar graphs, pie charts, line graphs, and Cartesian graphs, but regardless of the type, well-designed charts and graphs will demonstrate what you want the reader to know and understand. The usefulness of the chart or graph is critical to its success.
Examining free charts will help you understand how to create charts that illustrate aspects of your business organization, including its function, authority, and growth.
While an Internet search using the terms ‘free charts’ will yield any number of sites where you can download anything from free charts for teaching mathematics to learn about cooking and maybe even how to double a recipe, it’s also interesting to check under “free U.S. government charts.” For example, by searching “U.S. government weights and measures chart,” you will be directed to https://www.govinfo.gov, where you will find charts for measures of length, capacity, etc., as well as photos that could be used in charts for historical purposes. Further, using your favorite Internet search engine and typing “data visualization,” you can find such government sites as the Centers for Disease Control web site at https://www.cdc.gov, and there you will discover the latest graphics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, as an example. The federal government’s open data site https://www.data.gov provides access to nearly 200,000 datasets, making it easy to search, understand, and share government data.
As a life-long learner, I recently checked to see what free charts the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has, and I found many interesting line charts, including one entitled: “Arctic Sea Ice Minimum.” I invite you to take a look to see if you, too, could learn something for free.
This post was written by Business Reference Librarian Nanette Gibbs. The post was first published in the Library of Congress
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Los Angeles/Canadian-Media: Based in Los Angeles, California, United States, Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a multimedia museum designed to examine racism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust.
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Recipient of Friends of the United Nations’ Global Peace and Tolerance Award, the MOT is a human rights laboratory with an educational center dedicated to teach and enlighten visitors about the Holocaust.
The evolution of MOT was based on the creation of an experience, like Simon Wiesenthal expressed, to remind visitors of the past as well as to act and to prevent the occurrence of hatred and genocide to any group now and in the future.
MOT opened to the public in February 1993 and soon received acclaim from national and international leaders and within a few short months, it became a “must-see” attraction in Southern California.
Today, MOT has become not only as a symbol of society’s quest to live peacefully together but also as an important resource on how to achieve that goal. Over 250,000 people visit the MOT annually, including 130,000 students, and many major corporations, educators, police agencies, and professionals from throughout the region have experienced the MOT’s specialized programs.
Main Exhibit Areas of MOT are: The Holocaust Exhibit; Tolerancenter; Anne; Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves; Para Todos Los Niños / For All The Children; The Hitler Letter, etc.
MOT, the first of its kind in the world, had its origin from the leadership of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States, named in honor of famed Nazi hunter, the late Simon Wiesenthal.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem, the Center is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).
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The Center has three landmark exhibitions that have been displayed in the Vatican, on Capitol Hill, at the UN and other parts of the US and the world. Those exhibits are: Courage to Remember; People, Book, Land, and The Birth of Israel.
The film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Moriah Films created to produce theatrical documentaries to educate both national and international audiences focuses on the 3,500-year old Jewish experience as well as contemporary human rights and ethics issues. Moriah has produced 11 films to date, two of which have received the Academy Award™ for best feature documentary, The Long Way Home (1997) and Genocide (1981).
Moriah: A Film Company Like No Other with 16 acclaimed documentaries
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Washington, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): The Music Division has recently published a finding aid that brings together many of the Henry Cowell music manuscripts held at the Library of Congress, revealing a wealth of holograph scores spanning his entire compositional career, Library of Congress reports said.
The following is a guest post from Archives Processing Technician, Emily Baumgart.
Cowell’s musical aesthetic changed throughout his life from ultra modernism in the 1920s and 1930s to open form and the use of folk-inspired elements in the post-war period. His scoring likewise ranges from the traditional, with string quartets and choral music, to the unexpected, such as his Concerto for Koto and his works for string piano. It is this experimental side that Cowell is most famous for, and the Cowell manuscripts held by the Music Division demonstrate his prolific avant-garde output.
Henry Cowell, composer. Adventures in Harmony, chapter III. circa 1913. Call number ML96 .C823 (Case), Music Division. Image credit: Library of Congress
One of Cowell’s earliest pianistic innovations was the tone cluster technique, in which the performer plays groups of notes with their fist or entire forearm. Although there is some confusion surrounding dates, the earliest work to include tone clusters is generally considered to be Adventures in Harmony from around 1913, composed when Cowell was in his mid-teens. This work consists of several “chapters” forming a sort of catalog of different compositional techniques, designed as a gift for his piano teacher, Ellen Veblen. The tone clusters first appear in the third chapter of Adventures in Harmony where Cowell uses them mostly for color: they are meant to decorate an otherwise mostly diatonic work, and in this earliest iteration Cowell’s original attempt at transcribing this sound is somewhat unwieldy, with each specific note written out on the staff. Further experiments brought these tone clusters to the fore, as in Dynamic Motion (1916), ranging from small clusters of a few notes to wide swaths of the keyboard as the pianist plays with both forearms. The work even includes arpeggiated clusters, performed by tilting the forearm across the keys. Cowell’s score shows a more sophisticated, simpler representation for the technique that specifies only a lower and upper bound for the cluster; not only was Cowell experimenting with the musical elements themselves, but also a way to properly notate those sounds. Later on, Cowell adapted the idea of tone clusters to other instruments; they are especially prominent in both the solo piano and orchestral accompaniment of the Concerto for Piano (1928).
Henry Cowell, composer. Dynamic Motion, 1916. Call number ML96 .C823 (Case), Music Division. Image credit: Library of Congress
Henry Cowell, composer. The Banshee, 1925. Call number ML96 .C823 (Case), Music Division. Image credit: Library of Congress
Cowell’s other big experimental piano approach was what he termed the string piano. To be clear, this is not any kind of new instrument, but a new way of playing an old instrument: instead of playing on the piano keys, the performer in these works plays on the strings inside the piano. The techniques can range from the gentle strumming and glissandi of Aeolian Harp (1923) that seeks to mimic the pastoral sounds of a harp, to the harsh, eerie scrapes, slides, and plucks of The Banshee (1925). It is this second work that is Cowell’s most famous string piano composition, and the Library of Congress holds an early holograph of the score. Like the tone clusters, Cowell had to develop notation for this new style of performance, as seen in the letters A-L associated with the typical staff notation. Each letter specifies a different performance technique, including which part of the hand or finger to use, which direction to slide, and whether to dampen the strings. The end result does sound rather like the screams of a banshee, connecting this new compositional practice to Cowell’s lifelong use of mythic and folkloric elements in his music. An earlier work and the first string piano piece, The Sword of Oblivion (1921/1922), shows some of the same notation as The Banshee, though it is combined with other symbols as Cowell was still experimenting with the best way to notate these new sounds for the performer. This earlier work is also a sort of transition from typical piano performance to Cowell’s new string piano technique, as Sword incorporates both keyboard and string sounds.
Henry Cowell, composer. The Sword of Oblivion, 1921-1922. Call number ML96 .C823 (Case), Music Division. Image credit: Library of Congress
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#IndigenousLaw; WebArchives; #LibraryOfCongress; #DigitalFormats; #578Nations
WAshington, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Legal materials for American law, foreign law, and sovereign Indigenous nations is being collected by the Law Library for preservation in the Library of Congress (LoC) Law Library, LoC said.
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Many governments, including Indigenous national, tribal, and community governments, are transitioning from print to solely digital formats for publishing their laws.
To facilitate with the collection and preservation aims of this, the Library has created the Indigenous Law Web Archive, a collection of constitutions, codes, executive orders, and court forms and information of sovereign Indigenous governments and courts of 578 federally recognized nations, communities, and tribes in the United States, as well as some Indigenous legal information from Canada, published online.
The Library attempts to acquire the most comprehensive collection possible. Collected resources are embargoed for a year prior to release, and so the collection was launched this summer. It’s a useful starting point for comparative research, and we hope that this tool will assist practitioners and scholars of Indigenous law in their work.
LoC maintains one of the largest and most diverse collections of scientific and technical information in the world. Its Science, Technology and Business Division provides reference and bibliographic services and develops the general collections of the library in all areas of science, technology, business and economics.
As the world’s largest library built in 1800 in Washington D.C., LoC offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-sit and online, and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
#Wahington, #LoC; #2020NationalBookFestival; #AmericanIngenuity
Washington, Oct 26 (Canadian-Media): The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, provides up-to-the-minute festival news, highlights, and other important information to the subscribers of this blog, Library Of Congress (LoC) reports said.
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One of the benefits of this virtual festival is that you get a peek into the living and writing spaces of more than 120 authors, poets and illustrators who joined 2020 National Book Festival, and they shared their unique perspectives on this first virtual festival with its 20th festival’s theme, American Ingenuity.
A poet, essayist, novelist and Chicana activist, Sandra Cisneros, one of the most celebrated Latino authors of her generation, best known for her first novel, “The House on Mango Street,” speaks about the importance of empathy.
Cisneros says empathy is a need of writer to have an open heart and this in many ways have spurred her work and imagination during these difficult times of surging COVID-19 pandemic and political uncertainty.
Cisneros’s compassion for others is evident when she says, “When we’re working with our hearts, and with our complete hearts and con puro amor—with pure love—on behalf of those we love, and with no ego involved: siempre sale bonito—it’s always going to turn out well,” as Cisneros speaks to from her book-filled living room in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, LoC reports said.
National Book Festival site facilitates access to all author presentations with additional video content, such as Q&A sessions with select authors, on the Virtual Festival Platform to explore the many festival stages in genres such as History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Fiction, Children and Teens.
LoC, the world’s largest library and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world, both on-site and online.