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New Librarian Of Congress Must Promote Our Cultural Heritage
President Barack Obama may have a hard time appointing a nominee to the United States Supreme Court to replace the recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia, but he just nominated someone to replace another Reagan appointee -- for Librarian of Congress.
James Billington retired in January after serving nearly 30 years as the Librarian of Congress. President Obama just nominated Dr. Carla Hayden, an African American woman to replace interim director David Mao. She could become the 14th Librarian of Congress – and the first professional librarian to serve on a full-time basis since Lawrence Q. Mumford retired over 60 years ago.
The American Library Association hailed the selection. Hayden served as their president from 2003 to 2004. She can make double history if approved – first woman, first African American to hold the post of Librarian of Congress.
Two decades ago she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award.
Though the recently retired Librarian of Congress was criticized for sitting on the sidelines while the digital revolution swept through the book world and society at large, Hayden vows to bring modernization to libraries.
One immediate issue she’ll need to deal with is a proposed bill made by two lawmakers last year to remove the Copyright Office from under the purview of the Library of Congress.
She will also be forced to get things done in a faster time period. She will be the first to hold her position under a term limit. Her 10-year stint won’t compare to the prior 13 librarians that have ruled since 1802 -- each serving an average of 17 years.
Though the library was established by Congress in 1800, it wasn’t until 1802 that President Thomas Jefferson appointed the first Librarian of Congress. It wasn’t until 1897 that Congress was given the power to review and approve of the nomination.
The interim head earns $184,000 annually. There are no official rules as to who qualifies to be the head librarian. The position has been held by politicians, authors, lawyers, businessmen, poets, historians, and librarians.
The duties of the Librarian of Congress are numerous and significant. He or she doesn’t just oversee the collection of books, but also the collection, cataloguing and preserving of films, recorded sounds, images, and other pop-culture items. It has a huge repository of newspapers and magazines as well.
The Librarian is charged with running the world’s largest library, managing a staff of thousands. He or she oversees the Copyright Office, appoints the U.S. Poet Laureate, and determines three-year exemptions form the Digital Copyright Millennium Act.
In short, our cultural heritage is being entrusted to the next Librarian of Congress. He or she could determine how and which information gets saved, promoted, and made available to the public. Our books and information, culture and media are not to just be left in the control of Google, Amazon, The New York Times, Netflix or Harvard University. The Librarian of Congress is a very important position that I hope the American public will become more familiar with.
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Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
three-part series of articles on arbitration clauses, and how such clauses "buried in tens of millions of contracts have deprived Americans of one of their most fundamental constitutional rights: their day in court." (You can also listen to an interview with the articles' author on NPR.)
What's an Arbitration Clause?
Here's one example, drawn from a contract I saw recently:
If any dispute shall arise between the Author and the Publisher regarding this Agreement, the Publisher and Author will first attempt to resolve such dispute through mediation, and, if that fails, such dispute shall be referred to binding arbitration in accordance with the Rules of the American Arbitration Association, and any arbitration award shall be fully enforceable as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the parties shall have the right to conduct reasonable discovery as permitted by the arbitrator(s) and the right to seek temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction during the pendency of the arbitration or to enforce the terms of an arbitration award.They don't all include such dense legalese:
Recognizing the expense, distraction, and uncertainty resulting from litigation of disputes which may arise under this Agreement, AUTHOR and PUBLISHER agree that AUTHOR and PUBLISHER shall submit any and all disputes arising in any way under this Agreement to the American Arbitration Association for final disposition in accordance with its rules.Where will you find an arbitration clause in your publishing contract? Anywhere. It may appear under a separate caption (for instance, "Arbitration and Dispute Resolution") but more often is buried under other headings, such as "Reversion and Termination" or "Miscellaneous", where it can easily be glossed over.
How Arbitration Clauses Limit Your Rights
Arbitration is often portrayed as an easier, more friendly method of dispute settlement, allowing the parties to avoid the hassle and expense of litigation. But as the Times points out, this reasonable-sounding explanation leaves out some darker truths.
Things to look for in an arbitration clause: language that ensures you can go to small claims court for qualifying amounts; that the chosen arbitrator must have publishing expertise; and that if the parties can't agree on an arbitrator within a reasonable period of time, either party can proceed to court. Be sure, also, that arbitration will be conducted by an established group, such as the American Arbitration Association. A nonprofit like the AAA is preferable to a for-profit, such as JAMS, another major arbitration firm.
If your contract includes a Christian arbitration clause, see if you can get the publisher to substitute non-religious arbitration. If they refuse, seriously consider walking away.