President Barack Obama has just nominated Carla Hayden to be the 14th US Librarian of Congress. Her term would be 10 years and could be renewed by future presidents.

Ms. Hayden, age 63, is a former president of the American Library Association and is noted for her 2003 public spat with then-Attorney General John Ashcroft over the Patriot Act provision that would allow federal authorities to look at library borrowing records to identify potential terrorists.

Ms. Hayden has also served as chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library and is currently overseeing the first major renovation of Baltimore’s 83-year-old central library. For more detail on her life, just run a search on her name and you'll find all sorts of wonderful details. In the meantime, these links should get you started:

NPR - http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/02/24/468010750/obama-nominates-carla-hayden-to-lead-library-of-congress

Baltimore Sun - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-obama-to-nominate-carla-hayden-as-librarian-of-congress-20160224-story.html

Thanks for inspiring us Ms. Hayden. Stay brilliant!

Rita Lorraine


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