keeping with the Bicentennial goal "to inspire creativity in the
century ahead by stimulating greater use of the Library of Congress
and libraries everywhere," the Library of Congress and American
Library Association (ALA) cosponsored the national photography contest
Beyond Words: Celebrating America's Libraries. Through photographs
of people using libraries, Beyond Words aimed to capture
the spirit of our nation's libraries and the many ways they touch
our lives. Libraries of all types were invited to sponsor local
contests and announce their winners during National Library Week,
April 11-17, 1999. National winners were announced on June 26, 1999,
and a display of their photographs featured at the 1999 ALA Annual
Conference in New Orleans. A traveling exhibition of the contest
winners is being developed and will be available from ALA in the
fall of 2000.
visit the online exhibit of photography winners, .
Library of Congress Information Bulletin article is available