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Encore Q&A: James Billington

Washington, DC
Saturday, July 21, 2012

Librarian of Congress James Billington talks about his experiences during his 20 years as the head of the Library of Congress. He discusses the library's future, the explosion of digital material, and the role of libraries in our culture. He has served as the Librarian of Congress since September 14, 1987 and is the 13th person to hold the position since the Library of Congress was established in 1800. The interview took place in the Coolidge Auditorium at the library's Thomas Jefferson Building as part of an American Library Association annual conference.

Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 12:08pm (ET)

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