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Finding a Librarian of Congress for the Digital Age

ThomasJeffersonBuildingLOCAfter nearly 28 years of service, Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington announced his retirement on June 10, 2015, which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2016. President Barack Obama is tasked with finding a replacement, who will then need to be confirmed by the Senate. The Library of Congress (LC) currently consists of three separate entities: the library itself (which includes the Office of the Librarian, the Library Services department, the Office of Strategic Initiatives, the Law Library of Congress, and the Office of Support Operations), the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and the U.S. Copyright Office.There is no doubt that Billington is a scholar of the highest order. As Maria Pallante, the register of copyrights and director of the Copyright Office, shares, “Jim Billington is a talented intellectual. I have always found him to be genuinely motivated by both people and ideas, interested in discussing not only his own scholarly interests but also the intellectual and professional expertise of others.” During the early years of his tenure, Billington certainly had several successes, as a timeline of his career milestones illustrates, but the advent of the World Wide Web (and the technological advances it provided to society) were just not in his wheelhouse. Simply put, he doesn’t use email—he prefers to take messages via fax.

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Librarian to Retire Jan. 1 | News Releases – Library of Congress

James BillingtonJames H. Billington today announced that he will retire from the position of Librarian of Congress effective January 1, 2016.

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A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age : It’s All Politics : NPR

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest cultural institution, and the largest library in the world. Its mission is broad, everything from providing research to members of Congress, to administering copyright laws, to maintaining a collection of some 160 million items. It has put a quarter of those items online. Critics say the library needs to move more aggressively to adjust to the digital age.

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"Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense by Dr. Gene Kopelson" presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

https://youtu.be/9jZSI6bF7d0

Published on Feb 24, 2017

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor’s own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson gave a lecture titled, “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense,” to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson uses never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

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