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.

And book lovers rejoiced.

Experts say she will be the first Librarian of Congress appointed during the internet age.

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