Dr. Carla Hayden Makes History as the First Woman and African American to Become Librarian of Congress
Dr. Carla Hayden will not only be the new Librarian of Congress, but she will be the first women and African American to hold the position.
According to the Atlantic, Hayden replaces James Billington, an academic historian appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Billington renovated the Library's main building and doubled the size of some of its collections but he was criticized for not keeping up with the advancements of technology. After 28 years, he retired in 2015.
Hayden was head of Baltimore's library system and on Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Hayden to be the 14th Librarian of Congress in the institution's 214-year history.
President Obama congratulated Hayden on Twitter.
Congrats Carla Hayden, our newest Librarian of Congress! Her confirmation is certainly one for the history books.https://t.co/5T8rvSRp9e
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 14, 2016
And book lovers rejoiced.
We're over the moon that Dr. Carla Hayden has just been approved as the 14th Librarian of Congress! She's making history & it's so exciting!
— Reading Rainbow (@readingrainbow) July 13, 2016
Experts say she will be the first Librarian of Congress appointed during the internet age.