May 17, 2022

Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, Will Retire Next Week, Three Months Earlier Than Originally Announced

On June 10th, the Library of Congress announced that the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, would retire effective January 1, 2016.

Today, LC said that Dr. Billington will now retire effective next Wednesday, September 30, 2015 but did not provide any reason for the new retirement date.

Deputy Librarian of Congress, David Mao, will serve as Acting Librarian.

Mao was appointed the Deputy Librarian of Congress on January 22, 2015. Previously, he was the Law Librarian of Congress and Deputy Law Librarian of Congress. Mao also worked at the Congressional Research Service.

More About David Mao

He has also held positions at Georgetown University and at the international law firm of Covington and Burling. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The George Washington University, Mao practiced law for a number of years before receiving his library degree at The Catholic University of America. He is admitted to the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars.

Mao has served as the treasurer of the American Association of Law Libraries, and chaired the association’s recent project to study the future of law librarianship. He is a founding member and current treasurer of the Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, which enables him to use his Chinese language skills and his academic background in international affairs and Chinese language and literature studies.


Today’s Statement from LC

Full Text Statement: Librarian of Congress James Billington Announces Retirement (June 10, 2015)

Librarian of Congress Makes Senior Staff Appointments

My Job at the Library: David Mao

David Mao Appointed Law Librarian of Congress (January 12, 2014)

Meet the New Law Librarian of Congress, David Mao (January 3, 2012)

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