Friday, May 19, 2017

Carla Hayden

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From Black Press USA comes news that limits the responsibilities and the tenure of the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden (the first woman and African-American to hold the position).

The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Librarian of Congress to a ten-year term.

The previous Librarian of Congress, James Billington, served in the position for 28 years and was not an MLS.