BY BILL FERRIS
You now can access lots of free audio and video from the Library of Congress on iTunes U. There’s a lot of great material suitable for a history class, such as early films made by Edison himself (or his company, at least). There are also fascinating oral histories from actual slaves in the Voices from the Days of Slavery collection. For a look at how people entertained themselves before TV, radio and the interweb came to be, you can look at early American animation, and even olde timey Vaudeville performances.
If you teach classes of a more literary persuasion, there are several podcasts and webcasts from the National Book Festival. Or maybe you’re a librarian and would like to bone up on your cataloguing skills. They’ve got that, too. Who better to learn from than the Library of Congress?