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Library of Congress Turns to Avere for Data Storage

“Avere Systems, the leader in network-attached storage (NAS) optimization, has announced today that the Library of Congress has selected the company to increase the efficiency and performance of its storage infrastructure. The Library of Congress website and file repositories will be supported by Avere’s FXT Series Edge Filers, enabling congressional and public users quick access to valuable content. “The Avere FXT Series, with its ability to deliver up to 150 TB of Flash in a single cluster, was built to address the difficulty of providing fast and scalable access to large amounts of content typified by the Library of Congress data environment,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO, Avere Systems. “This is a tremendous achievement for Avere and we are excited that our products are helping the Library of Congress deliver its massive data stores to users.” (via Avere)

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Library Transitions to Online Cataloging Publications

“The Library of Congress has announced a transition to online-only publication of its cataloging documentation. As titles that are in production are released, the Library’s Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) will no longer print new editions of its subject headings, classification schedules and other cataloging publications. The Library will instead provide free downloadable PDF versions of these titles. For users desiring enhanced functionality, the Library’s two web-based subscription services, Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web, will continue as products from CDS.” (via Library of Congress)

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Natasha Trethewey Appointed To Second Term

“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has appointed Natasha Trethewey to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. “The Library and the country are fortunate Natasha Trethewey will continue her work as Poet Laureate,” said Billington. “Natasha’s first term was a resounding success, and we could not be more thrilled with her plans for the coming year.” (via Library of Congress)

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LIBRARY HONORS CAROLE KING WITH US POP MUSIC PRIZE

“Carole King isn’t done with music – not yet anyway.

The 71-year-old singer-songwriter known for such hits as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend” was awarded the nation’s highest prize for popular music in a concert Tuesday. She received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at the Library of Congress and will be honored Wednesday by President Barack Obama at the White House” (via Associated Press)

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Budget Cuts Hobble Library of Congress

“The Sea Creatures, who recently sent their recording “Naked in the Rain” to the Library of Congress, probably did not ponder the impact of sequestration on their music’s journey from dream to copyright. Just as military contractors, air traffic controllers and federal workers are coping with the grim results of a partisan impasse over the federal deficit, the Library of Congress, whose services range from copyrighting written works — whether famous novels or poems scribbled on napkins — to the collection, preservation and digitalization of millions of books, photographs, maps and other materials, faces deep cuts that threaten its historic mission.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds New Partner

“The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has welcomed a new member: the Library of Congress. The fifteenth partner of the BHL, the Library of Congress will contribute to the digitization of historical science literature in the collection. All material will be online, free and available to the public. “The Biodiversity Heritage Library is the preeminent global repository for historic science literature,” said Martin Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Libraries Associate Director for Digital Services and BHL Program Director. “We are excited that the Library of Congress has joined us in this effort, which is a vast information center providing resources to researchers, students and the general public interested in biodiversity.” (via Smithsonian Libraries Blog)

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Library of Congress wins special Grammy Award for work to preserve historic audio recordings

“The music industry is honoring the Library of Congress with a special Grammy Award on Wednesday night for its work over the past decade to preserve historic audio recordings, along with honors for Jennifer Hudson. The Recording Academy planned to present its Grammys on the Hill Award to the library at an event in Washington, featuring appearances by producer Clive Davis, singer Yolanda Adams and others.” (via AP)

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Library of Congress adds 25 recordings to registry

“From Jimmie Davis’ You Are My Sunshine to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, the newest inductees into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, announced Wednesday, span 62 years of recorded sound and represent an impressive diversity.” (via USA Today)

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Six Months of Congress.gov

“It has been six months since we introduced Congress.gov. During that time we’ve been busy working to develop the beta into a full system. The first update after the September launch was in October when we made searching variants of citations easier. In November we continued to revise Congress.gov. With the start of the 113th Congress in early January, we updated the beta system for the transition. The major enhancement to the system came toward the end of January when we added the Congressional Record. Throughout the six months, Pam and Judy have offered webinars and in person training to introduce users to Congress.gov.” (via Law Librarians of Congress)

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Congressional Record Added to Congress.gov

“Following the launch of Congress.gov in September 2012, we made minor updates in October and November, and made the transition to the 113th Congress at the beginning of January.  Today, our public beta gets a big enhancement with the addition of the Congressional Record. The Congressional Record page defaults to the most recent issue with the tab for the Daily Digest selected and displayed below. There are tabs for all of the sections that were printed on that day.  If all four sections are in the current issue, in addition to the Daily Digest, you will see tabs for the Senate, House of Representatives, and Extensions of Remarks.  You can search the Congressional Record from this page or find an issue by date or year and page number.  When searching all sources on Congress.gov, the Congressional Record will be included in search results with legislation and Members of Congress.”

via In Custodia Legis

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