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President Obama Nominates The First Black Female Librarian Of Congress

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President Obama isn’t done changing lives before he leaves office.

Dr. Carla Hayden is the president’s nomination as the 14th Librarian of Congress. The accomplished doctor is also the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award. The president made the big announcement on his Facebook page today. He stated:

“Today, I’m nominating Dr. Carla Hayden to be our 14th Librarian of Congress. Michelle and I have known Carla since her days working at the Chicago Public Library, and her dedication to learning and education is unparalleled. More recently, she’s been hard at work revitalizing Baltimore’s struggling library system as the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library. Last year, during the unrest in Baltimore, Dr. Hayden kept the doors of the Pratt open as a beacon for the community. Her understanding of the pivotal role that emerging technologies play in libraries will be essential in leading the Library of Congress as it continues to modernize its infrastructure and promote open access and full participation in today’s digital world. Finally, Dr. Hayden will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold this position in its 214 year history – both of which are long overdue.”

Congratulations on being a part of history making, Dr. Hayden!


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