With an eye toward education, officials at the Library of Congress (LOC) have significantly upgraded the online component of the world’s largest library, making a wide range of resources and thousands of titles more accessible than ever before. The newly reorganized home page includes several audience-specific resource pages and three completely overhauled subsites highlighting LOC’s poetry program, including access to more than 600 audiovisual webcasts. Six new or retooled pages contain links to resources specifically geared toward kids and families, librarians, publishers, researchers, teachers, and visitors to the Library in Washington, D.C. A new feature called “Poetry” includes webcasts of poetry readings from National Book Festivals; links to LOC collections, such as the papers of Walt Whitman; and information on past and current Poets Laureate, including Ted Kooser, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. A searchable database of online webcasts provides access to hundreds of speeches, lectures, readings, concerts, conferences, and other audiovisual presentations given at the Library. A collection of broadcasts featuring singer-songwriter John Prine, statesmen George Shultz and Zbigniew Brzezinski, and esteemed scholars, authors, and storytellers grows each week. In addition, several other pages and subsections have been updated, including a section of information about the Library itself, a calendar of events, LOC contact information, and a site map.

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