Friday, 14 August 2009

New Law Librarian of Congress

According to the Washington D.C . law librarian listserv, Roberta I. Shaffer has been appointed Law Librarian of Congress. Ms. Shaffer is currently the executive director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) and the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress. Herappointment as Law Librarian of Congress is effective August 30, 2009.
Ms. Shaffer holds degrees from Vassar College, Emory University and Tulane University. She served as director of External Relations and Program Development in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park and developed a new master's of information management degree program there. Prior to that, she was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin, served as a Fulbright senior research scholar at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and the Portuguese Ministry of Justice, and worked as a special assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress.
In announcing his selection, Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress said, "Roberta Shaffer brings to this critical management position both extraordinary vision and demonstrated leadership skills that will continue the Law Library's historically exemplary service to Congress and to the public while addressing the challenges of providing legal research and reference services in our rapidly changing and technologically-driven world."

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