Librarian of Congress James Billington, the current Librarian of Congress, had announced his retirement effective the end of this year. However, this week he announced that he would be leaving at the end of this month.
Billington is the 13th Librarian of Congress, and has served since 1987. While he has transformed the institution over the nearly 30 years of his tenure, the Library has been criticized of late for lagging behind in updating and securing ito technological infrastructure. Recent computer problems may have accelerated Billington’s departure.
The position is a Presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation. Following Billington’s departure, Deputy Librarian David Mao will lead until a replacement is confirmed.