U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

July 20th, 2016

Carla HaydenOn Wednesday, July 13, Dr. Carla Hayden, current CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden will succeed former Librarian of Congress James Billington and serve at least one ten-year term. Dr. Hayden's confirmation marks an historic moment for the Library of Congress as she will be the first African American and first woman to hold the position.

Dr. Hayden has served as CEO of the Pratt Library since 1993 and in 1995 became the first African American to win the Library Journal Librarian of the Year award for her community outreach services with the Library. She also served as President of the American Library Association from 2003-2004 and was selected by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in 2010.

"The public library field is proud and honored to have Carla as the new Librarian of Congress," said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. "Carla is a leader and the nation's library could be in no better hands."

Congratulation to Dr. Hayden on her well-deserved success!