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Dr. Hayden one vote away from confirmation

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The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously this afternoon to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next, first female, first African American and just fourteenth Librarian of Congress in history. As the Committee’s vote was announced, ALA launched a large-scale grassroots and social media campaign to encourage all Senators to ... Read More »

Senate committee approves legislative branch funding without fireworks

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In stark contrast to Tuesday’s full House Appropriations Committee markup – which, as previously reported, featured almost 30 minutes of hot debate over legislative report language intended to bar the Library of Congress (LC) from retiring the subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” — the Senate Appropriations Committee took scarcely 3 minutes on Thursday to call up, “debate” and pass ... Read More »

House appropriators narrowly vote to politicize LC subject heading choices

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The full House Appropriations Committee met earlier today to “mark up” (amend and vote on) legislation to fund the Legislative Branch for FY 2017. As previously reported and expected, language inserted in the official Report accompanying the bill at the Subcommittee level essentially instructing the Library not to implement proposed changes to the subject headings “aliens” and “illegal aliens” was ... Read More »

The strange case of Congress and the confounding (re)classifications

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You wouldn’t think that a decision by the Library of Congress about what subject headings libraries generally should use in, for example, an online catalog would create a political flap. Then again, in Washington – like the world on the other side of Alice’s looking glass – the usual rules of, well, almost anything tend not to apply. Here’s the ... Read More »

ALA Past President Carla Hayden receives warm Senate welcome

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It was a standing room only crowd at today’s confirmation hearing of Dr. Carla Hayden, President Obama’s nominee to serve as Librarian of Congress, with the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The hearing marks the first step in the Senate review process. Three Maryland senators (one former) presented Dr. Carla Hayden to the committee. Former Senator Paul Sarbanes (and ... Read More »