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Carla Hayden, president of the American Library Association, holds a pamphlet promoting early literacy as she talks to reporters Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 during the Public Library Association's 10th National Conference in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Meet the first black and first female leader of the world's largest library



Meet Carla Hayden.

She'll be the first African-American and first woman to earn the title of Librarian of Congress, which puts her in charge of the world's largest library.

She's also the first professional librarian to hold the job in six decades, <b>according to the American Library Association</b>.

She was confirmed by the Senate for the position by a vote of 74-18.

She will provide the leadership that the Library's highly qualified staff needs to manage their world-class collection.
Julie Todaro, ALA president

She earned accolades last year as the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library System in Baltimore, where she kept the libraries open during the 2015 Freddie Gray riots. She had worked there since 1993. 

You can watch her swearing-in live at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

Also, we're all jealous of the view of her new office.

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