The largest library in the world made history yet again, but this time, it’s not because of its size, but instead because of who now oversees it.
In February, President Obama nominated Dr. Carla Hayden as the 14th person in history to oversee the Library of Congress, reports The Cut, and on Wednesday, July 13, her installment was confirmed by the Senate with a 74-18 vote. This not only makes Dr. Hayden the first woman to ever hold the title, according to The Cut, it will also make her the first African American to assume the prestigious position.
The Cut reports that Dr. Hayden has been a fixture of the American library structure, serving as the head of the Baltimore library system and later the president of the American Library Association.
Upon her nomination in February, The Cut says President Obama wrote of Dr. Hayden’s dedication to the American library system.
“Dr. Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture,” he wrote. “She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well and that’s why I look forward to working with her in the months ahead.”
Congratulations, Dr. Hayden.