DC reporting in, #4: The Kluge Center

As you can see from the photos work notesis progressing apace, though I am still finding my way around the main Library of Congress catalog (to say nothing of all the digital collections one has access to through the LoC!). I am however – already – really apprechiative of the fact that I can browse the catalog, order books, and then have them turn up right at my cubicle entrance 1-2 days later. There are sooo many books in the LoC, and being able to work with them in this way is a great opportunity.

Today we had a two hour in-depth introduction into the different ways that one can utilize the catalog, which has proven really useful – I will have to re-do some of my searches though, to make sure that nothing has slipped through my ‘net’. The introduction was supposed to be last Thursday (which turned out to be a snow day) and thus had to be rescheduled, and though it might be a little annoying that some searches need to be redone we all (the five newbies) agreed that having had the extra days of working with the catalog on one’s own lead to us being able to ask much more detailed questions, as we had all discovered some odd results etc already, or knew of things that we thought ought to be in the LoC but somehow could not manage to find (and, sure enough, at least in my case, it’s here indeed)*.

So, what precisely is this place that I am working in? Let me quote from the website:

ShelvesThe John W. Kluge Center brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is an ideal place to foster this mutually enriching relationship between scholars and political leaders. The Kluge Center presents a new opportunity to attract to Washington the best available minds in the scholarly world, facilitate their access to the Library’s remarkable collection of the world’s knowledge, and engage them in conversation with the U.S. Congress and other public figures.


You can find out more about the Kluge Center right here.

* It being the 1952-54 issues of Collier’s.


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