Librarian of Congress James Billington to speak at Wake Forest convocation
October 10, 2007
James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, will speak on “The Future of Freedom” 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.
Also at Fall Convocation, the university will present awards to faculty and alumni.
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 also once served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 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.