House Votes to Limit Powers of First Black Librarian of Congress

From Black Press USA (but few other sources) comes news that limits the responsibilities and the tenure of the Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden.

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 though he was a Russian scholar and not really am MLS.

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"though he was a Russian scholar and not really am MLS"

MLS is not needed for Librarian of Congress. That is a fallacy brought on by a loud special interest group, namely, the American Library Association.

Now ALA needs a new Executive Director. Guess what? An MLS is nice but not needed for ALA's own ED.

What's good for the goose is obviously not needed for the gander.

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