Magazine article American Libraries

Hayden Approved as Librarian of Congress

Magazine article American Libraries

Hayden Approved as Librarian of Congress

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The US Senate approved the nomination of Carla Hayden to serve as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress on July 13.

Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president (2003-2004) and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She is also the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago and received her master's and doctoral degrees in library science from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School.

Hayden's appointment comes in the wake of the retirement of James H. Billington and on the heels of a vigorous ALA grassroots and social media campaign (#Hayden4LOC) that encouraged thousands of library advocates to contact their US senators to support her confirmation.

The Senate approved Hayden for the position after an almost five-week delay, despite her nomination being recommended by unanimous vote in a Senate committee in early June. …

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