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The Copyright Office belongs in the Library of Congress

the James Madison Building

In “Lessons From History: The Copyright Office Belongs in the Library of Congress,” a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), Google Policy Fellow Alisa Holahan compellingly documents that Congress repeatedly has considered the best locus for the U.S. Copyright Office (CO) and consistently reaffirmed that the Library of Congress (Library) is its most effective and efficient home. Prompted ... Read More »

All hail the card catalog!

Card Catalog with all the drawers open and empty.

Yesterday, I attended what I have been calling the event of the year: a panel program at the Library of Congress program celebrating the publication of The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, by Peter Devereaux, writer and editor at the Library’s Publishing Office. I love the card catalog. It takes me back to the days when I first ... Read More »

She is our rock star

Dr. Carla Hayden speaking to more than 3,000 librarians at ACRL.

The grand finale to the informative (and well-attended) 2017 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference was the closing keynote address by Dr. Carla Hayden. Dr. Hayden arrived 45 minutes early to individually greet librarians queued in the aisles with smart phones in hand for a photo with the Librarian of Congress. For the more than 3,000 librarians in ... Read More »

Bill to make Copyright Register a Presidential appointment “mystifying”

Concept image of a lost and confused signpost against a blue cloudy sky.

Late last Thursday, in a relatively rare bicameral announcement, five senior members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees endorsed legislation to transfer the power to appoint the Register of Copyrights from the Librarian of Congress to the President. The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695) was authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA6). It ... Read More »

The sound of history

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden waves at attendees, while Chief Justice John Roberts, Speaker Paul Ryan and Hayden's mother look on

History is rarely made silently, and yesterday’s investiture of Dr. Carla Hayden as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress was anything but an exception.Seated among notables from every branch of government, the media and – of course – ALA and the library profession, the most memorable part of the often solemn forty-five minute ceremony may well prove to be its ... Read More »