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New Bill Will Require Library of Congress to Continue Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ in Subject Headings

“While the Library of Congress effectively scrubbed the terms “aliens” and “illegal aliens” from its subject headings last month, legislation set to be introduced Wednesday could change that.The short bill doesn’t require the Library of Congress to unequivocally use the phrases; rather it mandates that the research library “continue using the term ‘illegal alien’ just as they were previously,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) told TheBlaze Tuesday.” (via TheBlaze.com)

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The Library of Congress Will Ditch the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”

“What’s in a name? When it comes to Library of Congress subject headings, there’s plenty. The subject lines are an integral part of the world’s most widely used library indexing tool, the basis for thousands of daily searches around the globe. And now, reports the Dartmouth, the Library of Congress will revise its subject heading of “illegal aliens” due to feedback from student activists.In 2014, the Dartmouth Coalition for Immigration Reform, Equality and DREAMers (CoFIRED), a group dedicated to advancing the rights of undocumented students, first petitioned the Library of Congress to get rid of the term “illegal alien” in its cataloging system in favor of the term “undocumented immigrant.” (via Smithsonian)

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Library of Congress to Digitize PBS NewsHour Collection

“If you’ve missed out on the past 30 years of PBS NewsHour you’re in luck, 32 years of broadcasts will be persevered and available online through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The Library of Congress, public media producer WGBH and WETA, Washington D.C., will handle the digitization of PBS NewsHour programs from 1975 to 2007. Funding for the endeavor is coming from the Council on Library and Information Resources.” (via TV Technology)

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Library of Congress Case Highlights Questions of Oversight

“The case of a fired Library of Congress staffer is prompting questions about whether the institution is being properly overseen by Congress and whether library employees have a fair process to appeal personnel decisions — including from members of Congress.Suzanne Hogan, 58, who worked as a special assistant to former Librarian of Congress James H. Billington for 11 years, was officially terminated in August. She is in the process of appealing her decision via a discrimination complaint, but is calling on Congress’ own independent agency, the Office of Compliance, to intervene, alleging she does not have an avenue for due process.” (via Roll Call)

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New Library of Congress CIO Looks to Right the Ship

“For the first time since 2012, the Library of Congress has a permanent chief information officer to oversee technology at the more than 200-year-old institution. Bernard A. Barton Jr. became the new CIO on Sept. 8, taking the helm of information technology at the library which was the subject of a scathing Government Accountability Office report in April.” (via Roll Call)

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A Prize for the Piano Man

“Last Wednesday, the Library of Congress celebrated the music and career of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, awarding him the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. A star-studded cast walked a packed house at the DAR Constitution Hall through Joel’s own songbook during a tribute concert. I myself had the honor and privilege to also take the stage as a sort of “opening act” for Joel while performing with the Library of Congress Chorale. It was a once in a lifetime experience to be able to honor such a music legend.” (via LOC)

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Library of Congress cooks CDs in quest to save them

“CDs may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of the Library of Congress, but it houses more than 500,000. The extensive collection includes everything from music to maps and labs where researchers are destroying CDs to learn how to preserve them, CBS News’ Jim Axelrod reports. In 1982, Billy Joel’s album “52nd Street” was the first commercial compact disc to be released. Since then, hundreds of billions of CDs have been sold worldwide.” (via CNET)

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Library of Congress – 214 Years Young

“The Library of Congress celebrates its 214th birthday today. Founded on April 24, 1800, thanks to an appropriation approved by Pres. John Adams of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” What started with a whopping 740 books and three maps has evolved to more than 158 million items, including more than 36 million books and other print materials, 5.5 million maps, 69 million manuscripts, 13.7 million photographs, 6.7 million pieces of sheet music and 3.5 million recordings.” (via Library of Congress Blog)

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