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2011-11-30 12:27:18

NASA and the Library of Congress have established the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress chair in Astrobiology at the Library's scholarly research organization, the John W. Kluge Center in Washington. The chair is named for the late Nobel Laureate and founding director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, Baruch "Barry" Blumberg. Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Astrobiology addresses three fundamental questions:...

2010-01-05 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Katherine Paterson, two-time winner of the National Book Award and Newbery Medal, was today named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Paterson will serve in the position during 2010 and 2011; she succeeds Jon Scieszka, appointed in 2008, who was the first person to hold the title. Katherine Paterson has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the theme for her platform. "Katherine Paterson represents...

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2009-04-20 12:02:09

Officials at UNESCO headquarters in Paris announced the launch of the World Digital Library on Monday. The library represents a massive collection of books, films, photographs and other materials from libraries across the globe. UNESCO's new library will become the world's third major digital library, behind Google's Book Search and the EU's Europeana. U.S. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington is credited with establishing the basis of the new digital library during a speech to the U.S....

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2005-11-22 15:34:57

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is giving $3 million to the U.S. Library of Congress to help set up a system for creating digital copies of rare documents from around the world - the latest step in Google's crusade to expand the amount of information that can be indexed by its Internet-leading search engine. With the donation announced Tuesday, Google becomes the first business to back the "World Digital Library," a concept that began to take shape about five months ago. The worldwide program is...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'