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Librarian of Congress

hayden-carlaWe have a new Librarian of Congress! On July 16, the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress. She is a past president of ALA (American Library Association), the first female, and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. Dr. Hayden is also the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years. Cool.

Librarian of Congress Nominee: Dr. Carla Hayden

Nominated by President Obama on February 24, 2016. Read his remarks here.

Library of Congress Closed

The budget impasse that brought nonessential operations of the federal government to a halt has also had a major impact on Web sites used by many educators, researchers, and students, including the Library of Congress.  If you go to their site, you will see this message:

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Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”

Many other Web sites are also affected by the shutdown; some are completely unavailable and others are not being updated. Anong them:

Sigh. Deep sigh.

Don DeLillo Will Receive First Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has announced that Don DeLillo, author of such critically acclaimed novels as Underworld, Mao II, and the National Book Award-winning White Noise, will receive the first Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival, September 21-22.”  Read rest of article …