Librarian of Congress to speak at Wake Forest convocation
August 21, 2007
James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress for the past 20 years, will speak at Wake Forest University’s Fall Convocation Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Billington has led the Library of Congress as it has launched major Internet-related initiatives, including the library’s “American Memory” National Digital Library (NDL), which makes freely available on-line nearly 11 million American historical items from the collections of the library and other research institutions.
The Library of Congress’s Web site reports that the library is “the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress.” Furthermore, it is “the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections,” the Web site explains.
Formerly a history professor at Princeton and Harvard universities, Billington was director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars before he was named librarian of Congress. He is the author of several books, including “The Face of Russia,” a companion book to the three-part television series of the same name, which he wrote and narrated for the Public Broadcasting Service.