Librarian Makes History
7/19/2016, 4:54 p.m.
The Senate last week confirmed the longtime head of Baltimore's library system to be the next Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position.
President Barack Obama had nominated Hayden to be the 14th Librarian of Congress in the institution's 214-year history. He called her milestones on gender and race "long overdue."
Obama signed a law last year establishing a 10-year term for the Librarian of Congress with an option for reappointment. The position was previously considered a lifetime appointment.
The previous Librarian of Congress, James Billington, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and served for 28 years before stepping down last year.