09:16 PM

AAP Statement on Librarian of Congress Nominee

The Association of American Publishers is pleased that President Obama has announced his nominee for the next Librarian of Congress and acknowledged the critical importance of our premiere national institution for preserving, curating and providing to current and future generations access to its priceless collections of our nation’s cultural creativity.

We are aware of Dr. Carla Hayden’s long and distinguished leadership at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, where she has been a champion for freedom of expression, freedom of information and reader privacy. We applaud the President for selecting a candidate who he believes has a solid understanding of “the pivotal role that emerging technologies play in libraries” and will lead “the Library of Congress as it continues to modernize its infrastructure and promote open access and full participation in today's digital world.”

The publishing community, which has historically contributed so many of its works to the Library’s collections through the deposit requirements of the Copyright Act, looks forward to the Senate confirmation process where we hope to learn more about Dr. Hayden’s views on the future of the Library and, unsurprisingly, on the importance of copyright and the need to modernize the Copyright Office.