Meet the New Law Librarian of Congress, David Mao

Posted on January 3, 2012 by


UPDATE (January 4, 2012): Here’s the Official LC News Release (w/ Bio) Announcing David Mao’s Appointment

From an In Custodia Legis Blog Post by Andrew Weber:

Today is a big day for the Law Library of Congress. David Mao is taking over as the Law Librarian of Congress from Roberta Shaffer. It wasn’t that long ago that he was appointed Deputy Law Librarian of Congress. Our avid In Custodia Legis readers might remember David from his interview or previous guest post on Rebellious Children and Witches.

As David starts his new position today, I thought it would be good to share some of his thoughts on the job. This interview was originally published in the Gazette, a weekly publication for Library of Congress staff.

Here is one question and David Moa’s answer from the inteview.

How did your previous experience prepare you for this job?

I have been serving as Deputy Law Librarian since June 2010, and that position brought me up close to the responsibilities and challenges of Law Librarian.

As deputy, I frequently represent the Law Library of Congress at high-level national and international conferences and meetings.

I currently manage the Law Library’s global legal research portfolio that includes the Global  Legal  Research Center (GLRC) and the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN).

Having previously been on the front lines at a law library, I also know the challenges and sense of fulfillment that the Law Library’s Public Services Division experiences daily while working with researchers.

I’ve been at the Library of Congress since 2005. Before joining the Law Library, I was a section head at the Congressional Research Service, leading a team of information professionals serving the needs of Congress.

I like to joke that the total distance of my office moves in the Library amounts to about 50 yards.

Read the Complete Interview

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