New Librarian of Congress is first woman, first African-American to hold the job

USA TODAY - Chief Justice John Roberts is slated to swear in Carla Hayden on Wednesday to lead the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library.

Hayden, 64, will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as a Librarian of Congress since it opened its doors in 1800.

She sat down with USA TODAY’s Capital Download to talk about her battle against provisions of the USA Patriot Act and her decision to keep Baltimore’s libraries open in the wake of the unrest that followed Freddie Gray’s death last year. “We wanted to also show that we weren’t closing our doors when people needed us the most,” she said.


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