Carla Hayden Confirmed as Librarian of Congress

Confirmed by a Senate vote of 74 to 18, Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore Maryland, is the new Librarian of Congress. She will be the first woman,  the first African-American and only the third librarian to hold that position.

As the Baltimore Sun reports, she won approval despite an effort to block it by the conservative Heritage Foundation, which accused her of making porn available in libraries by opposing the “Children’s Internet Protection Act” of 2002 because the technology at the time would also block legitimate research..

Many feared that the vote would not take place before the Senate adjourns for its annual summer recess, but it came just days before.

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