Library of Congress: Library of Congress National Film Registry Turns 30. “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ and Paul Newman’s unforgettable ‘Hud’ to the opulent musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and the rocking sounds of ‘Monterey Pop.’ Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”
Library of Congress: The United States Congressional Web Archive now includes content for the 113th and 114th Congresses.. “The Library of Congress Web Archiving Program is dedicated to providing reliable access to historical web content from the legislative branch. To that end, the Library has just released an update to the United States Congressional Web Archive. The archive, which includes member sites from the House and Senate, as well as House and Senate Committee websites, now includes content for the 113th and 114th Congresses. The archive has also added subject facets for the 105th and 106th Congresses to enhance access to the older content in the archive.”
Library of Congress: World War I: A Wartime Clipping Service Update: All 400 Volumes Now Online. “The massive collection, World War History: Newspaper Clippings, 1914 to 1926, is now fully digitized and freely available on the Library of Congress website. The 79,621 pages are packed with war-related front pages, illustrated feature articles, editorial cartoons, and more. You can search by keywords, browse the content chronologically, and download pages.”
Library of Congress: National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized. “The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.’s Document Management System.”
Boston Globe: James Billington, librarian of Congress for expansive, tumultuous tenure, dies at 89. “James Billington, an eminent American scholar of Russian culture who reigned for three decades as librarian of Congress, propelling the expansion of the world’s largest library but struggling to lead it into the digital age, died Nov. 20 at a hospital in Washington. He was 89.”
Library of Congress: Join Us for a Serendipity Run – No Sneakers Required. “And now for something completely different. On November 8, Jer Thorp, the Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence, will take over the @LibraryCongress Twitter account to host a #SerendipityRun.”
Motherboard: In Groundbreaking Decision, Feds Say Hacking DRM to Fix Your Electronics Is Legal. “The Librarian of Congress and US Copyright Office just proposed new rules that will give consumers and independent repair experts wide latitude to legally hack embedded software on their devices in order to repair or maintain them. This exemption to copyright law will apply to smartphones, tractors, cars, smart home appliances, and many other devices.” Yay!