May 25, 2022

Report: “Walter Isaacson Passes on Librarian of Congress Post”

From Politico:

People close to the White House approached Walter Isaacson, author of the celebrated biography of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, about serving as the next Librarian of Congress, but Isaacson took himself out of the running, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute in Washington, was perhaps the highest-profile name circulating as a possible replacement for James Billington…


Other names still under consideration include University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann; John Palfrey, the head of school at Phillips Academy and the former head of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society; former American Library Association President Carla Hayden; Susan Hildreth, former director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; and Deborah Jacobs, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative, according to multiple sources. Also in the mix are Archivist of the United States David Ferriero and Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive.

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