The nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress sailed through the Senate Rules and Administration Committee this week. Upon her unanimous approval, Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said, “Leading the Library of Congress requires multitasking on a scale rarely seen in other government organizations. I am confident Dr. Hayden will bring a great background and skill set to the job.”
Dr. Hayden has served since 1993 as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md., and before that was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library. She is also a past president of the American Library Association.
This nomination, the first one under new rules limiting the appointment to a 10-year term, now goes to the Senate Floor. Upon confirmation, Dr. Hayden would be the 14th Librarian of Congress, a post with authority over the U.S. Copyright Office.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 10, 2016