In the midst of another historical move from the Obama administration, President Obama has nominated the first woman and the first African American to lead the world’s largest library.
Carla D. Hayden is the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD, currently. Hayden and Obama go back to when they both were living in Chicago where she was the deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library.
This is not the first time that Obama has nominated Hayden; in 2010 she was nominated to be on the National Museum and Library Services Board and later confirmed. Hayden is also the former president of the American Library Association. The current Librarian of Congress is James H. Billington who has served as the nation for 28 years as the nation’s librarian.
Hayden has dedicated her career to making libraries more modern so that they will not be left behind in the age of technology and digital culture.