Today, the Library of Congress celebrates its birthday. On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved the appropriation of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of congress.
The country is bracing for a temporary shutdown of the Library of Congress, beginning today [Oct 1]. The twenty-five library system will be closed to the public and researchers…
According to an article from the Baltimore Sun, in six hours, the NSA intercepts and stores as much information as you find in the whole of the Library of Congress.
via ReadWriteWeb: NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily.
The U.S. Library of Congress, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, has launched a new website today, the National Jukebox. The site will stream some 10,000 sound recordings from several historic music collections. This includes music and other audio recordings from the Victor Records collection, one closely associated with the early Victrola hand-cranked record players.
The songs can all be listened to for free online, but they cannot be downloaded.
via Library of Congress Launches A National Jukebox, ReadWriteWeb