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October 6, 1994

Geraldine M. Otremba Named Director of Congressional Relations at Library of Congress

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has selected Geraldine M. Otremba, currently Associate Managing Director for Government Liaison at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, to be the Library's Director of Congressional Relations. Her appointment is effective Oct. 11.

In announcing Ms. Otremba's appointment and welcoming her to the Library, Dr. Billington said: "Ms. Otremba brings to the Library broad experience and a record of success. Her position here is one of the most demanding jobs we have, interacting with the Library's primary constituency -- Congress -- and advising me on legislative matters. The senior managers and I look forward to working with her."

Ms. Otremba joined the Kennedy Center in 1978. She was appointed the Center's first Director of Government Liaison in 1990 by Chairman James D. Wolfensohn. During her tenure at the Kennedy Center she worked with both the executive and legislative branches of the government to make major improvements to the Center, including restructuring its capital debt and developing federal funding for its national education programs.

Prior to her appointment as Associate Managing Director for Government Liaison, Ms. Otremba served the Kennedy Center as Director of Planning and Director for Operations. She was responsible for planning the Performing Arts Library at the Kennedy Center, a joint project of the Center and the Library of Congress which opened in 1979. More recently Ms. Otremba was project director for the premiere broadcast of "The Kennedy Center Presents! -- A Salute to Slava," broadcast on the public television system Sept. 7.

Ms. Otremba has served as chairperson of the National Association of Performing Arts Centers and a member of the Committee for Education Funding. Prior to joining the Kennedy Center, she served as Assistant Director for Research Grants and Editing Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Otremba has a B.A. degree from St. John's University (N.Y.) and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PR 94-155
ISSN 0731-3527

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