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A bill that would empower Donald Trump to appoint the next Register of Copyrights was easily passed this year by the House of Representatives on , and is headed to the Senate. The final vote was 378-48.
The vote came just a month after the bill, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, (H.R. 1695) was first introduced on March 23. The bill would block Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden from appointing the next Register of Copyrights and instead transfer the authority to appoint the Register to the President, with Senate confirmation.
The bill happened after Hayden ousted Maria Pallante from her post as Register of Copyrights last October, a move that outraged many in the entertainment industry, and in Congress, who had counted Pallante as a close ally.
In January, Pallante was named President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers. Currently, Karyn Temple Claggett is leading the Copyright Office on an interim basis.
Hayden, has over 40 years of experience in library science and administration, was appointed by President Obama as the 14th librarian of Congress, and is both the first woman and the first Black American to serve in this role.
Hayden has also been an open advocate of balancing the rights of content creators and corporate copyright owners to adequately and fairly reap the benefits of their creative labors with the general public’s interest in broadening public access to this content in a fair and equitable manner.
The tribute series is “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” and it will showcase the music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Ms. Gaynor, whose disco hit “I Will Survive” was recently added to the National Recording Registry, is scheduled to perform on May 6 in the Jefferson Building’s Great Hall. That day, she will also be interviewed by the “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts in a symposium
A 4-year-old Georgia girl with a voracious appetite for reading was given a chance to be “Librarian For the Day” at the Library of Congress this week. Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Ga., has read more than 1,000 books, the Gainesville Times reports .
On Wednesday, Daliyah visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was named “Librarian For The Day.The four-year-old roamed the hallways with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who tweeted photos of Daliyah sitting in her desk.Daliyah’s mother told the the Gainesville Times, that her daughter joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,” almost two years ago and started paving her way through books.
Some say,” The Library of Congress is simply not equipped to join the 21st century”. The Government Accountability Office estimates that the LOC spends roughly $120 million dollars on IT functions, but the library’s accounting records leave much to be desired, particularly when recording acquisitions of new IT assets. The copyright office still runs on a largely paper based system (some records kept are still kept in card catalogues) and is forced to share the library’s aging IT systems. Large digital projects have even failed to materialize, such as the promise of an archive of everything that has been tweeted since 2010. Digitization projects are so far behind that only a fraction of the Library’s 24 million titles have been made available online. It is the hope of many policy advocates and scholars that with Carla Hayden in the top job, the former crown jewel of American libraries can be pulled out of mothballs and dragged into the 21st century.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Dr. Carla D. Hayden, the current chief executive officer of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, to be the 14th Librarian of Congress.
President Obama nominated Hayden in February.
“Dr. Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture,” Obama said at the time. “She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well and that’s why I look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”
Dr. Hayden has been a trail-blazing leader of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, where she has advanced access and technology and has put children and families at the heart of the city’s historic library system. America’s library will have an extremely qualified leader.
Following incumbent Librarian of Congress James Billington’s retirement, some conservatives have convened around the idea that the next person to head the library ought to be a prestigious scholar, rather than a professional library administrator like Carla Hayden — President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Billington.
It appears that these critics have failed to give proper consideration to the library’s unique challenges – or the skills needed to modernize and make accessible the tremendous wealth of knowledge in its collection.
Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation scholar who focuses on civil justice and election issues, lays out the most in-depth case against Hayden in a series of articles at the conservative outlet PJ Media.
First of all, von Spakovsky suggests Obama chose Hayden because she’s a black woman and “his administration has an unofficial quota system.” Secondly, he is overlooking Hayden’s qualifications as a librarian: She has a doctorate in library science from the University of Chicago; taught at the University of Pittsburgh; served as CEO of the City of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library, one of the oldest public library systems in the nation; served as president of the American Library Association; and was named National Librarian of the Year.
Von Spakovsky, to bolster a weak argument, also appeals to tradition to oppose Hayden. Since the Library of Congress was created by an act of Congress in 1800, there have been 13 librarians. Not all were esteemed scholars. The first librarian of Congress, John J. Beckley, was a politician, campaign manager and former clerk of the House of Representatives. Other librarians came from a wide range of professional backgrounds, which have included physicians, journalists, poets, lawyers and also several experienced library administrators.
The librarian of Congress does the kinds of things you would expect a librarian to do. It’s therefore strange to see so many conservatives claiming that we need a “scholar-in-chief,” without thinking very deeply about it. For instance, the National Review editorial board’s complaint that Obama “politicizes” the library in nominating a professional library administrator like Hayden is as ridiculous as it is ironic for failing to understand its historical context. The original idea of nominating a “scholar-in-chief,” of course, was to politicize it.
The librarian can help make the library’s vast collections available online; create new means of access for the disabled; increase engagement with stakeholders; better organize existing resources; and improve access to congressional information. Moreover, be a progressive and innovative with a demonstrated record of accomplishments in dealing with complex issues in a multicultural environment. An exceptional people manager. The librarian is very comfortable engaging directly with the public and displays a passion for working with and serving people. An expert communicator, with seasoned diplomatic skills and a talent in bringing people together. This individual must thrive on change and be flexible, adaptable and willing to work in a progressive, ever transforming environment. As a trend-spotter and risk-taker, this person has a knack for assessing community needs and trying out innovative solutions. The ideal candidate is outward looking, enthusiastic and tireless. She or he is not only a leader, but a developer of leaders. But to accomplish these goals, a librarian is needed to make things happen.
Scholars and poets are nice, but they don’t know how to run a library any more than a former Federal Election Commission member like von Spakovsky.
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