No, I am not going to comment on the amazing circus our U.S. presidential election has become. I want to bring you up to date on the Law Library of Congress’s latest news and their continuing progress in providing free U.S. government information to the world.
David Mao, former Law Librarian of Congress, is still the Acting Librarian of Congress. But Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore Maryland, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the first African American and first woman to hold this position. I hope that the U.S. Senate will act promptly on this nomination, unlike their obstruction of Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court of the United States.
But despite all this election year drama, the staff members at the Law Library of Congress continue to add to and improve the resources available in congress.gov. In this April 4th blogpost Andrew Weber summarizes the latest improvements. These include bill status data available from GPO’s FDsys bulk data repository and expanded Quick Search. Quick Search is now available for:
- Congressional Record,
- Committee Reports,
- Treaty Documents, and
I will continue to keep you up to date on the latest developments at the Library of Congress and beyond.