From the Library of Congress Email Digest:
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on June 19, 2019 that Joy Harjo had received the appointment of the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”
Read some of Harjo’s poetry at this link from the Poetry Foundation.
Harjo joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.
Click here for more information.
Related Information: Hooray for Joy! The Library Has a New Poet Laureate
Quick Digital Factoid:
Did you know that there is a Tweet Archive in the Library of Congress (LOC)? An LOC post confirmed that “In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition—a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text beginning with the first tweets of 2006 through 2010, and continuing with all public tweet text going forward.”
As of Jan 4, 2013 there were 170 billion tweets available for research purposes.
According to the Library of Congress website in January, 2013, “This month, all those objectives will be completed. We now have an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets and growing. The volume of tweets the Library receives each day has grown from 140 million beginning in February 2011 to nearly half a billion tweets each day as of October 2012. The Library’s focus now is on addressing the significant technology challenges to making the archive accessible to researchers in a comprehensive, useful way. These efforts are ongoing and a priority for the Library.”
But, then, I guess the LOC started actually reading all the tweets,
and the meme
not to mention all the cat vids.
So…by 2018, the LOC updated its policy, “Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the Library will acquire tweets on a selective basis—similar to our collections of web sites.
Read the full factoid: https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2013/01/update-on-the-twitter-archive-at-the-library-of-congress/
Probably an excellent idea.
More information is available in the attached white paper.
Blog post: “Library Acquires Entire Twitter Archive,” April 14, 2010
Blog post: “The Library and Twitter: An FAQ,” April 28, 2010
Blog post: “Update on the Twitter Archive at the Library of Congress,” Jan. 4, 2013
The Library of Congress consistently delivers high-quality and timely content for classroom and homeschool use. The resource spotlight of this blog post encourages conversations with students on their personal spending. The authentic, primary resource “hook” are receipts with history references. Among the most interesting are a 1861 receipt showing President Lincoln’s monetary gift contribution to a monument in honor of the early Plymouth Rock settlers.
Click to follow this link: https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2019/04/starting-conversations-with-students-about-personal-spending-investing-and-stewardship-with-historical-receipts/?
Click to read additional posts from this blog about the Library of Congress: https://4oops.edublogs.org/tag/library-of-congress/
THE Library of Congress scares up October 31st fun with “Frankenreads,” a public read-athon of Marry Shelley’s “Frankenstein” now 200 years young!
The reading begins at 9:00 am at the Library of Congress. It is open to everybody.
There is also a livestream so you and your students can join the fun virtually. Check out the live-stream @ the LOC’s YouTube site:
Classroom Activities During the live stream:
- Students can listen and read along
- Students can listen for a few minutes at a time and then complete a Think-Pair-Share
- Students can create a word cloud of key terms
- (Older) Students can live-tweet to the Library of Congress during the read-athon. The event hashtag is
- Studenst can draw a continuous mural or desktop mural while listening during the read-athon
- … Share your ideas!
More Halloween Posts
Part 1: In honor of Wimbledon For my online learners in the Research from the Library of Congress course …and online friends [Billie Jean King playing tennis at Wimbledon] | Library of Congress –
Part 2: In honor of Wimbledon- For my online learners in the Research from the Library of Congress course …and online friends- from the Library of Congress –
Photo Source: https://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/pga/06500/06587_150px.jpg
PBS Teacherline’s course, “Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress“ begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!
This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.
This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice.
Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU: https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/ (David)
May 5 Update:
“Fair Use Is A Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk