January 25, 2023
Library of Congress appoints Hannah Sommers new Associate Librarian for Researcher and Collections Services. The Library of Congress announced today the appointment of Hannah Sommers as the new Associate Librarian for Researcher and Collections Services in the Library Collections and Services Group. In this role, Sommers will lead the future of the Library's collections and the services it delivers to researchers and users. She will be central to realizing the Library's aspiration to be not only the world's largest, but also the world's most-used library. [Full Announcement].
October 25, 2022
Library of Congress acquires Historical Airfare Collection. The Library of Congress has acquired 1,588 volumes of airline tariffs, rules and routes from the Airline Tariff Publishing Company, ensuring that future generations will see how flights were sold, ticketed and distributed from the 1940s through the dawn of the internet age. [Full Announcement].
September 21, 2022
Library of Congress launches effort to transform collections management and access. The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the Library's vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions. The Library awarded an IDIQ contract to EBSCO Information Services, of Ipswich, Massachusetts with an initial spend of $7.77 million. The first phase of the platform's development will cost $10.4 million over three years to meet the scale and complexity of the Library's operations, with options to invest in additional components that could be developed by other vendors and may extend beyond the three-year timeframe. [Full Announcement].
September 9, 2022
Introducing the Congress.gov API. Congress.gov is a fantastic source of legislative information, and a marvelous source for investigating specific legislation and exploring the legislative history of a bill. Congress.gov also contains large amounts of data and various users have expressed interest in having additional access to download this data. Certain entities or persons have “scraped” the website over the years and the Government Publishing Office (GPO) has also offered bulk data downloads for some collections, but these have all been somewhat imperfect measures. However, today we are introducing the beta Congress.gov API which will provide access to accurate and structured congressional data. We are very excited about this release and a great deal of hard work has gone on behind the scenes this year to make this happen. [Full Announcement].
August 1, 2022
Copyright Online Recordation System opens for public use. Culminating over two years of software development and extensive user-experience testing, the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office have opened the new Copyright Recordation System of the Enterprise Copyright System, a new technology platform, for use by the general public. [Full Announcement].
July 29, 2022
Library of Congress appoints leaders to advance digital-forward strategy for discovery and preservation of collections. The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two digital transformation leaders to direct acquisition, discovery, use and preservation of the Library's collections. Kate Zwaard has been appointed associate librarian for Discovery and Preservation Services. A strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government and libraries, Zwaard will lead more than 600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation and discovery of Library collections. Trevor Owens has been appointed as the director of digital services, one of three directorates in the new Discovery and Preservation Services unit led by Zwaard. With nearly 100 employees, Digital Services is responsible for the Library's digital collections, digitization, discovery and metadata management services. This includes internationally recognized web archiving and crowdsourcing programs. [Full Announcement].
June 21, 2022
Librarian of Congress appoints Jennifer Meehan Director of Special Collections. Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress' Special Collections Directorate effective Aug. 1. [Full Announcement].
September 14, 2021
Library of Congress names New IT leadership. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Judith Conklin as the chief information officer of the Library of Congress and John Rutledge the deputy chief information officer. The two executives will serve as the Library's senior information technology experts, ensuring technology operations are aligned with the Library's strategic plan. Conklin will also serve as the primary adviser to the Librarian of Congress on all technology matters and as a voting member on the Library's Executive Committee. [Full Announcement].
September 1, 2021
Library of Congress releases data for free download and discovery. The Library of Congress announced its third release of records in its online catalog for free bulk download for research and discovery. The release supports the Library's effort to continuously expand open access to its vast collections. This MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging Records) release surpasses previous releases and adds more than 200,000 new records to the existing 25 million record database. [Full Announcement].
June 29, 2021
Renowned digital humanities researchers begin computing cultural heritage in the cloud. Three renowned researchers in digital humanities and computer science are joining forces with the Library of Congress on three inaugural Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud projects, exploring how biblical quotations, photographic styles and “fuzzy searches” reveal more about the collections in the world's largest Library than first meets the eye. [Full Announcement].
June 24, 2021
Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee. The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office's modernization initiative. The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021. [Full Announcement].
December 16, 2020
Library of Congress appoints new Chief of Research and Reference Services. The Library of Congress has appointed Dennis Clark as chief of Research and Reference Services. Clark brings more than 22 years' experience as an administrator and librarian to the Library, where he will lead public research services, onsite and online user engagement and the development of the majority of the 30 million items in the Library's General Collections. [Full Announcement].
March 13, 2017
Library of Congress BIBFRAME 2.0 Components Available. The Library of Congress is making available for public use the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components. They are the result of work the Library is carrying out for a new Pilot for the input of BIBFRAME 2.0 data. To create the environment for that Pilot, the Library is converting the whole Library of Congress bibliographic file to BIBFRAME (model and vocabulary). This means developing BIBFRAME Work and Instance descriptions from the MARC Bibliographic records, bringing together and linking Work and Instance descriptions, and integrating them with Work descriptions converted from title and name/title MARC Authority records. This development has resulted in the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components and tools that we now share with the community for others to carry out development and investigations of the linked data environment using the BIBFRAME 2.0 Vocabulary. [Full Announcement].
February 24, 2016
President Obama announces his intent to nominate Carla D. Hayden as Librarian of Congress. President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Carla D. Hayden as Librarian of Congress. Dr. Carla D. Hayden is CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, a position she has held since 1993. Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. [Full Announcement].
September 10, 2015
Library announces grant recipients for educational app development. The Library of Congress announced the selection of three organizations that will receive a total of $950,000 during the next two years to support the development of engaging web- and mobile-based applications on the subjects of Congress and civic participation, for use in K-12 classrooms. [Full Announcement].
September 8, 2015
Librarian Appoints Bernard A. Barton Jr. Chief Information Officer. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced the appointment of Bernard A. Barton Jr. as chief information officer of the Library of Congress. [Full Announcement].
August 6, 2015
Demographic Group Terms available through the LC Linked Data Service. The Library of Congress announces the availability in its Linked Data Service (LC LDS) of the LC Demographic Group Terms vocabulary, which the Library is developing in consultation with the ALA ALCTS Subject Access Committee. The demographic terms can be accessed as one composite list or through 12 lists representing various demographic categories, such as age groups and occupational groups. Individual members of the lists may be searched via key word. [Full Announcement].
June 10, 2015
James H. Billington to retire as Librarian effective Jan. 1, 2016. James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress and renowned scholar of Russia, today announced that he will retire from the position of Librarian effective January 1, 2016. Billington informed President Barack Obama and called congressional leadership to share his plans. The vacancy will be filled by presidential nomination, with confirmation by the U.S. Senate. [Full Announcement].
PREMIS version3 now available. The PREMIS Editorial Committee announced the availability of PREMIS version 3.0. This is a major new version with a revised data model, enhancing the ability to express information about software and hardware environments and intellectual entities. [Full Announcement].
April 27, 2015
Cataloging in Publication (CIP) Data Block to be revised summer 2015. The Library of Congress announced that a new version of the CIP Data Block, the cataloging information printed by publishers at the front of the book, will be implemented by the Cataloging in Publication Program this summer, no earlier than July 1, 2015. [Full Announcement].