Librarian of Congress

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Librarian of Congress
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Portrait of James H. Billington
Incumbent
James H. Billington

since September 14, 1987
Library of Congress
Appointer Ronald Reagan
Inaugural holder John J. Beckley
Formation 1800
Deputy Robert Dizard Jr.
Salary US$178,700
Level II of the Executive Schedule[1]
Website www.loc.gov/about/librarianoffice/

The Librarian of Congress is the head of the Library of Congress, appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate,[2] and serves as the chief librarian of all the sections of the Library of Congress. One of the responsibilities of the Librarian of Congress is to appoint the U.S. Poet Laureate. The Librarian of Congress can also announce any class of copyrighted works for which the Librarian has determined that certain noninfringing uses of those copyrighted works are, or are likely to be, adversely affected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's prohibition against circumventing technological access protections on the works. That class of works will then be exempt from liability under the DMCA, subject to the conditions of the Librarian's ruling, for the ensuing 3-year period.[3][4]

List of Librarians of Congress[edit]

  1. John J. Beckley (1802–1807)
  2. Patrick Magruder (1807–1815)
  3. George Watterston (1815–1829)
  4. John Silva Meehan (1829–1861)
  5. John Gould Stephenson (1861–1864)
  6. Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1864–1897)
  7. John Russell Young (1897–1899)
  8. Herbert Putnam (1899–1939)
  9. Archibald MacLeish (1939–1944)
  10. Luther H. Evans (1945–1953)
  11. Lawrence Quincy Mumford (1954–1974)
  12. Daniel J. Boorstin (1975–1987)
  13. James H. Billington (1987–present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Code, Title 2, Chapter 5, Section 136a–2: Librarian of Congress and Deputy Librarian of Congress; compensation". Cornell University: Legal Information Institute. 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "US Code, Title 2, Chapter 5, Section 136 - Librarian of Congress; appointment; rules and regulations". Cornell University: Legal Information Institute. 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "US Code, Title 17, Chapter 12, Section 1201 - Circumvention of copyright protection systems". Cornell University: Legal Information Institute. 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Section 1201: Exemptions to Prohibition Against Circumvention of Technological Measures Protecting Copyrighted Works". U.S. Copyright Office. 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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