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Library of Congress Hosts ICAF in October

Love comics? A three day forum on Comic Arts is coming to the Library of Congress on October 18-20, as reported here in the International Comic Arts Forum. There will be guest experts from around the world, and lots of interesting sessions, including
To and against type: Othering and stereotyping.

Guest artists include LAT (Mohammed Nor Khalid) (Malaysia)and KYLE BAKER (USA).

ICAF is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend.

Sonny Rollins Will Reprise Sax Performance Because of Librarian's Find

Sonny Rollins was surprised when a long-lost tape of his Carnegie Hall debut was discovered among the Voice of America's huge collection of recordings at the Library of Congress.

The AP reports that after listening to the tape, the tenor saxophonist got inspired to return to Carnegie to mark the 50th anniversary of that historic concert.

So tonight, Rollins will be performing the same three songs; "Moritat," "Sonnymoon for Two," and "Some Enchanted Evening" that the then 27-year-old saxophonist played with bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Kenny Dennis at his first Carnegie concert on Nov. 29, 1957.

The concert tape had been lost until 2005 when Larry Appelbaum, a jazz specialist at the Library of Congress, discovered a set of tapes in the Voice of America music collection simply labeled "sp. Event 11/29/57 carnegie jazz concert (#1)." Those tapes also included a historic recording of pianist Thelonious Monk's quartet with saxophonist John Coltrane, which became one of 2005's most important jazz releases.

Librarian Rows, yes, Rows to Work at the Library of Congress

After years battling awful traffic on the Anacostia Freeway in suburban Maryland, librarian Gabriel Horchler has found a calm and enjoyable way to get to work at the Library of Congress...as a matter of fact, he calls his commute "the highlight of my day." He rides a bicycle to his where his 21-foot-long fiberglass rowing shell is stored in a boathouse, then completes his commute with another bicycle.

The routine is only possible thanks to a flexible work schedule. The Library of Congress allows employees to arrive between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. -- a policy intended in part to help workers cope with the area's notorious traffic.CNN has the story.

Library of Congress Merging Cataloging and Acquisitions by 2008

From Library Journal, an update on the third and final public meeting on the future of bibliographic control July 9 at the Library of Congress (LC), focusing on "The Economics and Organization of Bibliographic Data." There's also a public webcast of the proceedings.

Lib of Congress Tackles Selecting Blogs to Archive

Search-Engines writes "Blogs are a potentially important record of our time for future generations one that the Library of Congress is interested in preserving. But as with other forms of digital data, the Washington-based library can't hope and, really, doesn't want to save all of the content being published in blogs, according to Laura Campbell, associate librarian for strategic initiatives, who received the 2007 EMC Information Leadership Award at last week's Computerworld Honors Program ceremony, is also the director of the National Digital Library Program.. Here's The Scoop"

Chemist Researches Ways to Preserve LOC's Treasures

Science Daily reports that an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University has been invited to serve as the first Preservation Research and Testing Professor in Residence at LOC's Preservation Research & Testing Division. He will be researching ways to slow down degradation of cellulose-based materials, which will allow for better preservation of the library's materials.

Good News for LOC Brittle Books

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said yesterday that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a $2 million grant to the world's largest library for a program to digitize thousands of works with a major focus on "brittle books."

The project supplements other efforts at the Library of Congress along with private companies such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Those massive book digitization projects, however, have typically shied away from materials in vulnerable condition. USA Today has the story.

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