Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Visit to the Library

Here's a view on two very different libraries:

“The Library of Congress Documentary” reveals details of:


  • The Great Hall, Reading Room , and exterior of the Jefferson Building


  • Some of the treasures among its books, maps, photos, and presidential papers


  • The History of the Library of Congress and its Jefferson Building


  • The Jefferson Library and other treasures of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division


  • The painstaking care of the Library’s collections


  • The use of technology to reveal new information about historical document

  • Watch the complete documentary here.

    Biblioburro is the story of a librarian — and a library — like no other. A decade ago, Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano was inspired to spend his weekends bringing a modest collection of precious books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children of Magdalena Province’s poor and violence-ridden interior. As Soriano braves armed bands, drug traffickers, snakes and heat, his library on hooves carries an inspirational message about education and a better future for Colombia. His simple yet extraordinary effort has attracted worldwide attention — and imitators — but his story has never been better told than in this heartwarming yet unsentimental film.

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