Baltimore City Appointee to Lead Library of Congress

Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

The United States Senate has confirmed the longtime head of Baltimore’s library system to be the next Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position.

Hayden, 63, who has led the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore since 1993, is set to become just the third professional librarian to hold the position. The American Library Association urged the president to nominate a librarian, and Maryland’s two Democratic senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, recommended Hayden last fall.

From the Baltimore Sun:

“It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Baltimore for 23 years and help restore the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a world-renowned institution,” Hayden said. “I will be honored to build on the legacy and accomplishments of my predecessors in this position, to be part of a continuing movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress even further and to make it a place that can be found and used by everyone.”

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