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For over 200 years the Library of Congress has served as our national library. Since its establishment in 1800, thirteen librarians have served as the institution's head librarian. Sadly, little is known about most of them. The Librarians of Congress is the first book to contain the biographies of all these librarians. Beginning with a brief history of the Library of Congr For over 200 years the Library of Congress has served as our national library. Since its establishment in 1800, thirteen librarians have served as the institution's head librarian. Sadly, little is known about most of them. The Librarians of Congress is the first book to contain the biographies of all these librarians. Beginning with a brief history of the Library of Congress, the book then contains short biographies of each of the thirteen Librarians of Congress, beginning with John J. Beckley and ending with James H. Billington. Each biography is accompanied by a photograph. A subject index concludes this work.


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For over 200 years the Library of Congress has served as our national library. Since its establishment in 1800, thirteen librarians have served as the institution's head librarian. Sadly, little is known about most of them. The Librarians of Congress is the first book to contain the biographies of all these librarians. Beginning with a brief history of the Library of Congr For over 200 years the Library of Congress has served as our national library. Since its establishment in 1800, thirteen librarians have served as the institution's head librarian. Sadly, little is known about most of them. The Librarians of Congress is the first book to contain the biographies of all these librarians. Beginning with a brief history of the Library of Congress, the book then contains short biographies of each of the thirteen Librarians of Congress, beginning with John J. Beckley and ending with James H. Billington. Each biography is accompanied by a photograph. A subject index concludes this work.

24 review for The Librarians of Congress

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Onyeka

    Five Stars from Africa ! As a female librarian from Nigeria this was a breadth-first view into American librarianship and i give high praise to Nappo for his in-depth work. The stories of these librarians are fascinating. Their biographies unfold as they administered a library during political disputes, wars, and technological changes. I was interested in the story of the socialite Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge whose charitable donation constructed an auditorium in the library for orchestras. The c Five Stars from Africa ! As a female librarian from Nigeria this was a breadth-first view into American librarianship and i give high praise to Nappo for his in-depth work. The stories of these librarians are fascinating. Their biographies unfold as they administered a library during political disputes, wars, and technological changes. I was interested in the story of the socialite Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge whose charitable donation constructed an auditorium in the library for orchestras. The chapters of the book are excellently written and referenced. I recommend this book to all people, everywhere in the world who want to learn more about both America and its Library of Congress! I am looking forward to the revised edition of this book to read about the new librarian Carla Hayden, who is the first African-American female to administer the library.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    I was so excited about this book....and have not been so disappointed in a book in as long as I can remember. Nappo begins his preface by stating that the Librarian of Congress is "always the most qualified man for the job," setting up a thread of male superiority that he touts throughout the book. He also claims that the Librarian of Congress is always a librarian or scholar, which is factually inaccurate (another recurring issue in the book). The short biographies are written like a sidebar in I was so excited about this book....and have not been so disappointed in a book in as long as I can remember. Nappo begins his preface by stating that the Librarian of Congress is "always the most qualified man for the job," setting up a thread of male superiority that he touts throughout the book. He also claims that the Librarian of Congress is always a librarian or scholar, which is factually inaccurate (another recurring issue in the book). The short biographies are written like a sidebar in an elementary school Social Studies textbook, and the near-propaganda levels of patriotism made it practically unreadable. I didn't finish it, and I wouldn't recommend even starting it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John5

    Exciting book about the Librarians of Congress.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela Massa

    Comprehensive and insightful biographies on all previous Librarians of Congress. A must read reference book for all teachers, librarians, and students interested in the rich history of one of our great national institutions. Mr. Nappo must be very pleased and honored to know that in the October 13 (2016) edition of the Library Journal our new Librarian of Congress, Dr Carla Hayden states this book is her "favorite new book" she is currently reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Mihova

    Nappo’s book on the librarians of congress is a good source of information about librarianship in America. I am a librarian in US who was born and raised in Bulgaria under Communism. Those days were terribly repressive. I really connected with the stories of librarians who defended freedom during WW2 and the Cold War. We librarians must all strive for intellectual freedom and fight oppression.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    Undergraduate level essays on each Librarian of Congress. Worth a read as a short intro to each man, but Nappo really needed an editor.

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