The National Film Registry’s 2021 class is the most diverse in the program’s 33-year history, including blockbusters such as “Return of the Jedi,” “Selena” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” but also the ’70s midnight-movie favorite “Pink Flamingos” and a 1926 film featuring Black pilots in the daring new world of aviation, “The Flying Ace.”
The 2021 selections, announced today, include movies dating back nearly 120 years and represent the work of Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, documentarians, women directors, filmmakers of color, students and the silent era.
Most pointedly, the inductees also include a trio of documentaries that addressed murderous violence against Blacks, Asians and Latinos, respectively, in “The Murder of Fred Hampton,” Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and “Requiem-29.”
Today’s guest post is from Tracee Haupt, a Digital Collection Specialist in the Digital Content Management section at the Library of Congress.
On the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, I asked four individuals who were part of the creation of the September 11, 2001 Web Archive to reflect on their experience documenting the tragedy and the unique contents of the collection.
In addition to the archive’s historical significance as a record of how a variety of individuals and organizations responded to September 11th, the collection is also important as an example of an early web archiving project, when both the internet and the Library of Congress’ (LC) efforts to preserve it were still relatively new.
In this post, current and former Library employees describe how the collection came to be, what they learned while creating it, and why preserving this aspect of internet history was crucial to fully understanding the impact of September 11th.
A list of the best book repair tape for keeping your collection in top shape.
A broken spine, loose covers, and ripped pages are unwelcome sights in anyone’s library. Thankfully, a simple roll of tape can assist with repairs. While it might be tempting to reach for whatever masking tape or cellophane tape you have on hand, you’ll achieve much better results if you purchase specialty repair tape that is stronger and stretchier to provide better protection over both level and rounded surfaces.
These tapes also tend to be acid free, especially important if you’re fixing valuable volumes. Find the best tape for your needs—whether you’re patching up slim zines, heavy monographs, or beloved art history texts—in our roundup of favorites below.
“Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”
Donald Vass works at restoring a book at the King County Library System’s central service center in Issaquah. Public libraries’ automated sorting machines, whirring conveyor belts and hard bins can break a book and shorten its life. Vass has spent the past 26 years mending and tending to books for the county library system. (RUTH FREMSON/NYT)