Obama to Nominate Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO as Librarian of Congress

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Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden

It appears President Barack Obama is making at least one nomination this week. Carla Hayden, who currently has the top job at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, is set to be nominated as the Librarian of Congress, according to the White House.

Hayden, who has led the Baltimore library since 1993, would be the first African American and the first woman to hold the position. There were only 13 previous Librarians of Congress in 214 years.

There is a Chicago connection, and Hayden was previously nominated by Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

In the announcement, Obama said he has known Hayden since her days working for the Chicago Public Library, where she held leadership positions from 1991-1993.

He also credited her leadership in “keeping the doors open” during last year’s unrest in Baltimore.

Going forward, he pointed to her knowledge of technology.

“Her understanding of the pivotal role that emerging technologies play in libraries will be essential in leading the Library of Congress as it continues to modernize its infrastructure and promote open access and full participation in today’s digital world,” Obama said.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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