“What the library needed was someone who knew how to run a business, in a sense, rather than look at this as a traditional scholarly position,” Philippa Loengard, a copyright law professor at Columbia University, told Bloomberg BNA. Hayden’s experience running a library system matched this need, she said.
Hayden’s practical experience as a library administrator—in contrast with the academic backgrounds of her predecessors—is also seen as an asset by those who want to ensure that the interests of copyright holders and copyright users are balanced.
“As somebody who has been in the trenches of a library, Hayden is likely at least to have a good handle on the needs of balancing the incentive side of copyright and the access side of copyright,” [Elizabeth L.] Rosenblatt, a copyright law professor at Whittier College said.
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