Tag Archives: Library of Congress

Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress

(22 May 2019) There has been a growing interest from libraries and other cultural heritage organizations in Wikidata. Of the many potential uses for Wikidata, one emerging area of focus has been using Wikidata as a hub for institutional identifiers. Many organizations maintain unique identifiers for people, subjects, works, etc. If these IDs are all added to […]


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Library of Congress digitizes Taiwanese watercolors, rare Chinese texts

(10 May 2019)  A woodblock-printed set of 400 illustrations depicting the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, painted silk scenes by Qing dynasty court artist Jiao Bingzhen, and 12 watercolors detailing indigenous life in Taiwan are among the 1,000 rare Chinese texts now available via the Library of Congress’ online catalogue. The library’s rare Chinese book collection includes 5,300 titles, 2,000 […]


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Centuries of rare Chinese books now online at the Library of Congress

(6 May 2019)  In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online 1,000 Chinese rare books produced before 1796. The Chinese Rare Book Digital Collection includes the most valuable titles and editions housed in the Library’s Asian Division, some of which date as far back as the 10th century and […]


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The bias hiding in your library

(20 March 2019) For many years, the Library of Congress categorized many of its books under a controversial subject heading: “Illegal aliens.” But then, on March 22, 2016, the library made a momentous decision, announcing that it was canceling the subject heading “Illegal aliens” in favor of “Noncitizens” and “Unauthorized immigration.” However, the decision was […]


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Library of Congress launches a new transcription crowdsourcing tool

(26 October 2018) The Library of Congress launched this week a new crowdsourcing tool that enables the transcription of digitised documents from their historic collections. This tool will improve the services provided by the library and the usability of their data making the documents more readable and searchable. The application can be accessed at crowd.loc.gov, […]


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New digitally-enabled and user-centered plan enriches the Library of Congress experience

(1 October 2018) Following more than a year of exploration, research and input from staff and experts, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced a new strategic plan, “Enriching the Library Experience.” In executing this strategic plan over the next five years, the agency will make a decisive shift to be more user-centered, digitally-enabled […]


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New Online: Database expands access to North Korean serials

(15 August 2018) The Asian Division of the Library of Congress is home to one of the most prominent North Korean collections in the Western Hemisphere. While a growing number of scholars have been making use of this unique collection, a dearth of bibliographic resources for North Korean periodicals has made navigating them a time-intensive […]


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Asia Foundation celebrated as 2017 Library of Congress ‘Program Best Practice Honoree’

(1 December 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was honored as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree at a November 27 event at the Library’s historic Thomas Jefferson Building. Following on the awards announcement in September, the celebration event featured leaders representing organizations from around the […]


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Library of Congress honors Asia Foundation for promoting literacy

(14 September 2017, Washington, DC)  The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program was recently selected as a 2017 Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program Best Practice Honoree. At the Library of Congress National Book Festival gala earlier this month, the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced the winners of the 2017 Library of Congress Literacy […]


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New Online from LoC: Pre-1958 Chinese Collection

(24 August 2017) The contents of the Asian Division’s Pre-1958 Chinese Collection, totaling more than 40,000 items, are now fully searchable through the Library’s online catalog in both Chinese characters and Romanized script. This rich and diverse collection has served researchers and general audiences for nearly 90 years; until now, however, bibliographic records for these […]


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Library offers largest release of digital catalog records in history

25 million free records of bibliographic metadata (16 May 2017) The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, […]


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Library of Congress National Book Festival

(8 January 2014)  The 14th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, 30 August 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., with new and exciting offerings – including evening events – in addition to the familiar author talks, book-signings and family and children’s activities. The Festival has been […]


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NCL and LC digitize rare books

‎(19 March 2013) Dr. Deanna Marcum, former associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress (LC) and Dr. TongLi Chen, former director of the Asian Library at Illinois University visited the National Central Library, NCL, Taiwan, on the 15th of March to discuss digitization of publications, legal deposits, manuscripts collection as well as […]


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