September 14 – First African American, Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as 14th Librarian of US Congress

September 14 – First African American, Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as 14th Librarian of US Congress

September 14, 2016: First African America, Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as 14th Librarian of US Congress. On September 14, 2016, Dr. Carla Hayden was sw

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September 14, 2016: First African America, Dr. Carla Hayden sworn in as 14th Librarian of US Congress.

On September 14, 2016, Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden was the third professional librarian, first woman and first person of African American descent to hold the position.


Dr. Hayden had served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. Her work there earned her the Library Journal Librarian of the Year award, the first African American to receive the award. She also served as President of the American Library Association External.

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