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Library of Congress Tees Up Strategic Changes
Inspector general says institution has not followed through on previous plans

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said the institution would do a better job planning and executing as a knowledge base. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Library of Congress is looking into the future and is on track to release a five-year strategic plan in October. The agency, which has struggled with management and planning in the past, updated lawmakers on their progress on Wednesday.

The library will embark on a mission to focus on its users and providing improved services for the 1.8 million people who visit the library in person and more than 300 million digital users each year.

Librarian of Congress Removes Head of Copyright
Pallante had argued office should become independent from LOC

Library of Congress nominee Carla D. Hayden speaks during a hearing before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, in the Russell Senate Office Building, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Friday announced she had removed the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, who last year asserted to Congress that the office should be independent and no longer under the LOC umbrella.

Maria Pallante will become senior adviser for digital strategy, according to a library statement. Karyn Temple Claggett, currently the associate register of copyrights, will head the office while a national search is conducted for a new permanent register.

Artists Want Better Pay for Their Work
Big names write to Congress calling for updated copyright laws

Country music superstar Blake Shelton is among the nearly 200 artists calling on Congress to update the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (Richard R. Barron/Courtesy Creative Commons, BY-SA 3.0)

Household-name singers, Grammy winners and rock legends are pushing Congress to protect aspiring creators’ ability to make a living through music.  

Nearly 200 recording artists — including Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Billy Joel, Elton John, Maroon 5 and U2 — wrote to Congress to highlight problems with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.