Send your Pics in for #FolklifeHalloween2014


pumpkin2The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is conducting an experimental online collecting project for the first time this year and wants your help and participation.

The American Folklife Center is interested in looking at photos taken by a diverse cross-section of Americans in order to capture this year’s celebrations of the Fall holidays –  Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Día de los Muertos, and La Toussaint.

Between October 22 and November 5, 2014, AFC invites you to document in photographs how you, your friends, your family, and your community celebrate, perform, and experience traditions of the season.  AFC is also interested in considering some of these photos for inclusion in the collections of the Library of Congress.

To participate in this event, take photos of traditional festive, religious, spiritual, and social practices related to these holidays.  Then share them online with a description, using the tag #FolklifeHalloween2014.

Just tweet your photos or post them to Facebook with the #FolklifeHalloween2014 tag.  However, if you would like your photos to be considered for a place in the Library of Congress’s collections, it is recommend that you use the Flickr photo sharing site, and add a Creative Commons license.

Check here for detailed instructions on how to participate.






Joint Task Force Fights Cyber Crime 24 Hours a Day

hackerFrom FBI News Blog-

What task force is this, you may ask.  It is the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), comprised of nearly two dozen federal intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies, along with local law enforcement and international and private industry partners. The task force serves as the government’s central hub for coordinating, integrating, and sharing information related to cyber threat investigations.

Established in 2008 by a presidential directive and administered by the FBI, the NCIJTF is also tasked with identifying cyber hackers and understanding their motivations and capabilities. That knowledge is used to disrupt criminal operations, minimize the consequences of intrusions, and to ultimately bring perpetrators to justice.

“The cyber criminals and nation states probing our systems are relentless,” said Greg McAleer, one of the NCIJTF’s deputy directors.  “But the American public should know that the NCIJTF will leverage technology, intelligence, tactics, and partnerships to disrupt attacks before they materialize.”


Hein Makes Valuable Donation to the American Public


- From a Guest Post by Post by Ann Hemmens on  In Custodia Legis:

Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials from their legal research resource, HeinOnline.  These titles are available through the Library’s web portal, Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal, and include:

Researchers can download PDF files of up to 20 pages per download.

Hein authorized the Library to provide these historical U.S. federal legal materials to the public via the Internet “…as a donation to the Library and to the American public.”

These browsable resources will benefit all legal researchers everywhere by providing free online access to historical U.S. materials. Is Ready For Prime Time

The Library of Congress launched in beta two years ago.  Its goal was to eventually replace the older legislative site, THOMAS, which was launched in 1995.  It is now ready to become the “official website for U.S. federal legislative information”.



The biggest advantages that has over THOMAS are the presentation and design of the site. The universal search bar at the top of the home page and clearly delineated boxes of information will be intuitive to navigate for users accustomed to search engine homepages.  The platform enhances access through features such as videos explaining the legislative process, compatibility with mobile devices, and a user-friendly presentation.


boxesSome additional features: Resources

  • A new resources section providing an A to Z list of hundreds of links related to Congress
  • An expanded list of “most viewed” bills each day, archived to July 20, 2014

House Committee Hearing Videos

  • Live streams of House Committee hearings and meetings, and an accompanying archive to January, 2012

Advanced Search

  • Support for 30 new fields, including nominations, Congressional Record and name of member


  • Days in session calendar view
  • Roll Call votes
  • Bill by sponsor/co-sponsor




Looking for a Job or Internship at the DOJ? This New App Will Help

DOJ Law Jobs is a new mobile app recently released by the Department of Justice. The app provides attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the department.


DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks.   Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

More information may be found here.


Celebrate Constitution Day – Take the Constitution Quiz

constitutionConstitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Test your knowledge of the Constitution. Take the Constitution Quiz and see how well you do.

Good luck!



Our National Anthem Celebrates its 200th Anniversary

flagFrances Scott Key was a 35-year-old Washington lawyer who’d been opposed to America’s entry into the War of 1812 from the beginning. But on the evening of September 13, 1814, he found himself watching as a prisoner on a navy ship, as the British mercilessly attacked Fort McHenry, a small fort protecting the city of Baltimore.

Key later remembered thinking it unlikely that the Americans guarding the Fort could withstand the attack, which lasted more than 24 hours.

But the next morning, he made an observation that would later be forever preserved in history:

The American flag was still there.

He was so “overcome with joy”  Key began to write words to the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which was then set to music and became our beloved “The Star-Spangled Banner”.



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