May 5, 2010 David S. Mao Appointed Deputy Law Librarian of Congress

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David S. Mao, has been appointed to the newly created position of Deputy Law Librarian of Congress. Currently head of the American Law Consulting Section in the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress, Mao will assume the deputy post in late June.

The Deputy Law Librarian of Congress will serve as a key member of the Law Library’s leadership team and will manage the Law Library’s global legal research portfolio, including the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN).

In announcing the selection, Law Librarian of Congress Roberta I. Shaffer said, "David joins the team at a time of great opportunity for transformative change within the Law Library. He brings just the right combination of education, experience and energy to help guide the Law Library’s development in the 21st century.”

A magna cum laude graduate of the George Washington University and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mao majored in international affairs with a minor in Chinese language and literature. After earning his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, Mao was in private practice for several years before returning to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in library science at the Catholic University of America.

Before joining the Library’s Congressional Research Service in 2005, Mao held positions at the Georgetown University Law Library and within the research library of the international law firm of Covington and Burling LLP. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mao is the treasurer of the American Association of Law Libraries and a member of its executive board. He is also treasurer and a board member of the recently incorporated Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, of which he is a founding member. A member of the American Bar Association, David Mao is admitted to the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.

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