Carla Hayden

Carla Diane Hayden (born August 10, 1952)[1][2] is an American librarian and the 14th Librarian of Congress.[3][4] Since the creation of the office of the Librarian of Congress in 1802, Hayden is both the first African American and the first woman to hold this post.[5][6][7][8] Appointed in 2016, she is the first professional librarian to hold the post since 1974.[9]

Carla Hayden
Hayden in 2020
14th Librarian of Congress
Assumed office
September 14, 2016
DeputyRobert Newlen
Mark Sweeney
Preceded byDavid S. Mao (Acting)
President of the American Library Association
In office
Preceded byMaurice J. Freedman
Succeeded byCarol A. Brey-Casiano
Personal details
Born (1952-08-10) August 10, 1952 (age 70)
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
EducationRoosevelt University (BA)
University of Chicago (MA, PhD)

Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Hayden began her career at the Chicago Public Library, and earned a doctorate in library science from the University of Chicago. From 1993 until 2016, she was the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003 to 2004.[10][11][12] During her presidency, she was the leading voice of the ALA in speaking out against provisions of the newly passed United States Patriot Act, which impacted public information services.[13][14]

In 2020, she was elected to the American Philosophical Society.[15]

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