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Lawmakers want Library of Congress reforms but not librarian’s resignation

“After a federal watchdog’s report that found widespread mismanagement at the Library of Congress, several lawmakers called for reforms at the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.But none called for Librarian of Congress James H. Billington to step down.Members of key oversight committees voiced concern over the Government Accountability Office report that found the library did not know what computer hardware or software it owned, how much it spent for them or for information technology staffing. The GAO also found the library did not have appropriate policies to prevent IT cost overruns or duplication of services, and its investigators uncovered lax security and privacy policies that put both the library and its users at risk.” (via The Washington Post)

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America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership, yet another report finds

“The federal government’s watchdog agency released a critical report Tuesday on the Library of Congress’s long-standing failures to manage the complex computer systems that are vital to its mission. The result of a year-long investigation by the Government Accountability Office, the report reveals a work environment lacking central oversight and faults Librarian of Congress James H. Billington for ignoring repeated calls to hire a chief information officer, as required by law.” (via The Washington Post)

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ACQUIRES RARE TROVE OF CIVIL WAR IMAGES

“A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library.” (via The Associated Press)

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Rosa Parks Collection Comes To Library Of Congress

“Thousands of letters, writings and notes by civil rights icon Rosa Parks were opened to researchers this week at the Library of Congress. Audie Cornish speaks with Senior Archives Specialist Margaret Mcaleer, who curated the material, about some of the lesser-known aspects of Park’s life, including her correspondence with her husband Raymond, their deep dive into poverty and a secret family recipe.” (via NPR)

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Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities Between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC

“Jointly released by OCLC and the Library of Congress, this white paper compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions.  It is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be released later this year.” (via OCLC)

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