Library of Congress: American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity

Library of Congress: American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street for Posterity . “As Sesame Street begins to mark its 50th anniversary, the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation, has announced that Sesame Workshop has donated a collection of digitized episodes from the past 50 years of Sesame Street, to be preserved for posterity. Over the next year, nearly 4,500 episodes from the first 49 seasons of the iconic children’s television program will be incorporated into the AAPB’s extensive archive of public media from across the United States. The Sesame Street collection will be available to view on-site at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and by appointment at WGBH in Boston.”

Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on the GI Bill

Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Launches New Online Exhibit on the GI Bill. “The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, signed into law on June 22, 1944, and colloquially known as the GI Bill, was a landmark piece of legislation that offered educational benefits, low-cost mortgages, low-interest business loans and unemployment benefits to returning World War II veterans. In the 75 years since its passage, the transformative potential of the GI Bill has continued, as it has provided economic and educational opportunities to generations of veterans.”

Library of Congress: Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Library of Congress: Library Receives Major Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The Library of Congress announced today that it has received a $540,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to evaluate the physical health of the national collection of books in American research libraries and to guide their archive retention and preservation decisions. Since there currently is no objective formula to assess the condition of millions of books in the custody of the nation’s libraries, this scientific study will help inform best practices and provide a baseline for libraries to analyze their print collections based on established scientific guidelines. “

Flickr Blog: Celebrating 11 years of The Commons

Flickr Blog, from last Wednesday: Celebrating 11 years of The Commons. “Today marks the 11th anniversary of The Commons – a project that Flickr began to provide cultural institutions, such as libraries, museums, and historical societies, with a space to share their digital collections with people around the world. The Commons was launched on January 16, 2008, when Flickr released its pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. The two main objectives of the program were to increase discovery and use of publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute knowledge through user-generated content (by adding tags, comments, and notes to these historical collections).”

Library of Congress: Only Known Surviving Muslim American Slave Autobiography Goes Online at the Library of Congress

Library of Congress: Only Known Surviving Muslim American Slave Autobiography Goes Online at the Library of Congress. “The Library of Congress has acquired and made available online the Omar Ibn Said Collection, which includes the only known surviving slave narrative written in Arabic in the United States. In 1831, Omar Ibn Said, a wealthy and highly educated man who was captured in West Africa and brought to the United States as a slave, wrote a 15-page autobiography describing his experiences.”

New Online: Circus Workers Folklife Project (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: Circus Workers Folklife Project. “The American Folklife Center (AFC) is delighted to announce the online presentation of an important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of multigenerational circus workers in Hugo, Oklahoma. ‘The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent’ was created by librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn.”