Hill Talk: Library of Congress Taps Two for Posts

Posted June 11, 2010 at 2:49pm

Correction Appended

Following the departure of Chief Operating Officer Jo Ann Jenkins, the Library of Congress announced two promotions to its executive committee.

Jenkins, who had served in her position at the Library since January 2007, left in May to become president of the AARP Foundation.

Robert Dizard Jr. has been promoted to chief of staff under Librarian James Billington, and Lucy Suddreth was promoted to chief of support operations.

Dizard has served as senior adviser to Billington since May 2009. He first moved to the District in 1982 to work for New York Rep. Guy Molinari (R) and took a job in the Library’s Congressional Relations Office after Molinari resigned at the end of 1989. Since then he has worked in various parts of the Library, including library services and the copyright office.

Suddreth was promoted from assistant chief operating officer for support operations to the new position. Suddreth will oversee a number of offices, including human resources, contracts and grants management, and security and emergency preparedness. She has also had a long career at the Library, starting in the Cataloging Distribution Service in 1990 and eventually taking her previous role in 2007.

The executive committee serves as a sort of cabinet for Billington, meeting at least monthly, and it includes seven employees who lead different branches of the Library, according to Dizard.

“It’s a policymaking body chaired by the Librarian,” he said.

Correction: June 14, 2010

The article misspelled the last names of the new Library of Congress chief of staff, Robert Dizard Jr., and the new chief of support operations, Lucy Suddreth.