Carla Hayden will be sworn in as the 14th librarian of Congress at 11 a.m. today in the Thomas Jefferson Building in the District of Columbia. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the library’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/LOC.
Carla D. Hayden
Title: 14th librarian of Congress Age: 64 Residence: Cross Keys, Baltimore Birthplace: Tallahassee, Fla. Education: Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago; master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago Former titles: CEO, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1993-2016; deputy commissioner, Chicago Public Library, 1991-1993; president, American Library Association, 2003-2004. Bragging rights: Fortune magazine named her the 25th most influential world leader in 2016. She is the first woman and first African-American to be appointed librarian of Congress. Personal: Single, no children.
Carla Hayden, former director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, will be sworn in today as the librarian of Congress. She takes over a library that has not kept up with the digital times, and a major division, the Copyright Office, wants to become independent.