Carla Hayden to Serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress

By Maryann Yin 

library of congress logoDr. Carla D. Hayden has been named the 14th Librarian of Congress. She will be the first woman and the first African-American to take on this role.

Hayden received a nomination for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2016. The United States Senate confirmed the appointment yesterday in a vote of 74 to 18 in Hayden’s favor.

Here’s more from the press release: “Dr. Hayden has recently overseen the renovation of the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, a four-year, $112 million project, and has also led $40 million in renovations to other units within the 22-branch Pratt system…She took the helm of the Baltimore system in 1993, winning strong praise for her work to ensure that the city’s library system offers a broad array of services to assist citizens from all walks of life, from access to books and other learning materials to computer access and job information. A program of outreach into neighborhoods served by the Pratt libraries included after-school centers for teens, offering homework assistance and college counseling; a program offering healthy-eating information for residents in areas with insufficient access to high-quality food; programming in Spanish; establishment of an electronic library, and digitization of the Library’s special collections.”