Members of Congress have long been maligned for incompetence and indiscretions, but only recently have their failings been overshadowed by their librarian. During his 28-year regime, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has watched his $600 million organization stagnate in an era of unprecedented growth and change in information technology. He’s overseen the waste of taxpayer money, traveled the world on lavish trips, and exhibited a complete disregard for the tremendous import of his station. Here, a semi-chronological record of his tenure and its pitfalls.