With the stroke of a pen, the President has established for the first time a set term of office for the Librarian of Congress. Rather than serve for life, the next and all future Librarians will enjoy a 10-year term of office renewable for the same length of time upon reconfirmation by the Senate. Legislation authorizing the change, the Librarian of Congress Succession Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2162), was both introduced in and passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on October 7. It was again approved by unanimous consent of the House less than two weeks later. The Librarian’s position remains vacant in the wake of James Billington’s resignation on September 30th. A successor has not yet been named. ALA has urged the President to appoint a credentialed librarian.
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