President Obama Nominates First African-American Librarian of Congress

📸: Ted S. Warren, Associated Press📸: Ted S. Warren, Associated Press

President Barack Obama has nominated the longtime head of Baltimore’s library system as the next Librarian of Congress.

Carla Hayden would be the 14th Librarian of Congress in the institution’s 214-year history and the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position.

Obama announced her appointment on Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, she would serve a term of 10 years with an option for reappointment. Maryland’s two Democratic senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, recommended Hayden for the position last fall.

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