Jewish Offerings at the Library of Congress!

African and Middle Eastern reading room, where patrons can request ARMED materials / photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Long time, no write! I actually have some exciting news to share–less than a month after my graduation from University of Maryland College Park’s Library Science/Information Studies program, I got a job offer to contract at the Library of Congress! I’m working on a quality control project with Library collections. Looks like the DC area for awhile longer. 🙂

I’ve missed out on some local Jewish programming while I’ve gotten settled, but what better time to showcase yet another bevy of our culture in the District? You can search through 15 million LoC records for printed textual materials, photo and audio through the online catalog.

For more detailed information, check out the website for the Hebraic Collections, maintained by the Africa and Middle Eastern division (ARMED.) Hebraic section webcasts are available here.

LoC is not “just” a library but also a museum space showcasing collections of interest to the American experience. Even when these exhibits are physically dismantled, they continue on with a web presence! Check out three such examples–Scrolls from the Dead Sea, Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica and From Haven to Home: 350 Years of Jewish Life in America.

The Library of Congress is always a contributor in the annual Jewish American Heritage Month; click for access to collections of personal papers, cultural music and more. And the 2013 National Book Festival features such authors as Stuart Eizenstat and Thomas Keneally, among many others. The Festival will run September 21 and 22 on the National Mall. Hope to see you there!