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Another Word for ‘Illegal Alien’ at the Library of Congress: Contentious 

Melissa Padilla was doing research on immigration in her university library at Dartmouth College when she noticed the term “illegal aliens” popping up again and again. The more she saw it, the angrier she became. “This term, and the way people used it to criminalize the choices our parents made in order to provide us with better lives, completely detracts from the brave choices and obstacles we overcame in order to survive,” said Ms. Padilla, 26, who was an undocumented immigrant for 15 years after her parents brought her to the United States from Mexico when she was 7. “I’m not illegal. I’m a survivor that continues to work toward a better future.” (via The New York Times)

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Library of Congress has 163 million items; one day they might fit on dot of copper

“Got a dollar bill? Take it out and look at George Washington’s picture. Focus on the pupil in one of his eyes. That pupil is the size of a smidgen of copper that theoretically could store the entire contents of the Library of Congress, using nanotechnology developed by scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. (According to the Library of Congress website, the contents include 162 million items stored on about 838 miles of shelves.) The scientists wrote about their breakthrough, the densest method yet developed to store rewritable digital data — in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, and it’s explained in an accessible way by William Herkewitz in the June edition of Popular Mechanics magazine.” (via The Washington Post)

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Library of Congress wracked by DNS attack

“The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out Congress.gov and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library operations, including internal websites and employee email.” (via FCW)

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Library of Congress Acquires Archives of the American Association of Geographers

“The American Association of Geographers (AAG)—a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904—is donating its archives to the Library of Congress. The acquisition will be housed in the Library’s Geography and Map Division, which holds the largest map and geography collection in the world.For more than 100 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography by promoting discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields. Members of AAG hail from more than 60 countries. They share their interests in the theory, methods and practice of geography through collaborative groups, an annual meeting, scholarly journals and the online AAG newsletter.” (via Library of Congress)

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Senate Confirms Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

“The United States Senate today by a vote of 74-18 confirmed Dr. Carla D. Hayden, longtime chief executive of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association, as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term.Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February.” (via Library of Congress)

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