Deputy Director of Congressional Research Service Appointed
Mary B. Mazanec Daniel has been selected as deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Mazanec began her appointment on Aug. 30.
CRS, an administrative unit of the Library of Congress, works exclusively for members and committees of Congress. CRS provides comprehensive research and analyses that are objective, authoritative and confidential on all legislative and oversight issues. The deputy director plays an instrumental role in overseeing the service’s research and analytic support to congressional committees and members of Congress.
Before joining CRS, Mazanec worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2002 to 2010. Most recently she served as a deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Medicine, Science and Public Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Mazanec also brings to CRS congressional experience. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior policy analyst at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, she was a senior adviser with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ Subcommittee on Public Health.
Mazanec received a bachelor’s degree in pre-med from the University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude; a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School; and a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School.
Prints & Photographs Division Chief Appointed
Helena Zinkham has been appointed chief of the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division, effective Sept. 26, 2010. The division preserves and provides access to more than 14 million visual images.
Zinkham graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and received a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her library career at the Maryland Historical Society as a reference librarian, cataloger and ultimately as head of the Prints and Photographs Department. Subsequently, she served as curator of Prints and Photographs at the New-York Historical Society and wrote “A Guide to Print, Photograph, Architecture & Ephemera Collections” at The New York Historical Society.
Zinkham joined the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division in 1984, working on the Videodisc Project—precursor to the division’s popular online catalog (PPOC). In 1991, she was appointed head of the Technical Services Section.
Under her direction, the division has improved direct public access to the Library’s visual collections through the continuous expansion of digital-image programs and participation in the Flickr Commons project, which has made photographs accessible to millions of web 2.0 users around the world.
Zinkham has written numerous articles in the field of pictorial studies, on topics ranging from bookplate designs to Photochrom prints, and from Civil War photographer Mathew Brady to Russian photographer Sergei M. Prokudin-Gorskii. Her essays on visual literacy appear in the books “Photographs: Archival Care and Management” (2006) and “Working in the Archives” (2009). In 2008, Zinkham was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in recognition of her national contributions to research collection description and access.