From the Library of Congress, January 21, 2012:
Library and information science (LIS) professionals specializing in digital collections will have an opportunity for a quality educational experience next year. The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that they will collaborate to develop and implement a national residency program in digital curation, involving the collection, selection, management, and long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets.
Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Peterson has been appointed Director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC), effective January 16, 2012. Dr. Peterson succeeds Dr. Peggy A. Bulger, who retires from federal service on December 31, 2011. Since 2009 Peterson has been a consultant, specializing in folklife-related cultural planning, program planning and assessments, development, meeting facilitation, writing, and research. Her primary clients have included the American Folklore Society, the Wyoming Arts Council, the Association of Western States Folklorists, the Houston Arts Alliance and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In her consulting work for AFC, Peterson helped develop a national documentation project focusing on the transformation of work in 21st century American life. She brought together scholars and other stakeholders from folklore, oral history, anthropology, public policy, private philanthropy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) leading to a partnership agreement between the AFC and the IMLS. She co-directed a project team that coordinated and presented a 2010 symposium, Work and Transformation: Documenting American Workers at the Library of Congress.
(From The American Folklife Center)
Earnestine Sweeting, a fifth-grade classroom teacher at P.S. 153, The Helen Keller School, in the Bronx, N.Y., has been selected as the Library’s 2011-2012 Teacher-in-Residence. Sweeting teaches general education and gifted and talented students. She has also provided local and state-wide professional development on the use of primary sources in the classroom for the Office of Library Services in the New York City Department of Education.