With Theresa May now officially the U.K. Prime Minister, there have been changes to the government’s cabinet. This was certainly expected, but the part of this that I still haven’t gotten used to in parliamentary systems is how the departments can change along with whomever is appointed to head those departments.
Most notable of these changes is the reorganization (once again) of what was the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (where much of the science portfolio resided since 2009) to now include much of what was the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The new name is Department of Business, Energy and Investment Strategy. MP Greg Clark, who had served as Minister for Universities and Skills from 2014-2015, is the Minister in charge of the new department. I have seen no word yet about junior ministers in the department, including the fates of Cameron life sciences minister George Freeman and universities minister Jo Johnson. That information should come soon.
Here in the U.S. the Senate finally confirmed a new Librarian of Congress. Nominated in February, Dr. Carla Hayden has been the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore since 1993. She has also served as head of the American Library Association and is the first librarian to hold the job in decades. Based on Hayden’s work in modernizing the Baltimore library system, I would expect her to focus, at least in part, on doing the same for the Library of Congress. She will have a 10 year term (recently established in law) to work her magic.