WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) released the following statement after President Obama announced his nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to be our nation’s fourteenth Librarian of Congress:

“I join in congratulating Dr. Carla Hayden on her nomination to be our nation’s fourteenth Librarian of Congress.  She will bring to the position a wealth of experience after leading one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished public libraries in Baltimore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  She will also make history as the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Library of Congress.  Her background in both library and museum management, along with her previous tenure as President of the American Library Association, make her an exceptional choice to oversee the Library of Congress during a time of great change as it continues to embrace the adoption of digital technologies to make its collections and legislative data more accessible to the public.  The Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service provide Members with invaluable research that is instrumental in policymaking, and the Library’s collections, having grown from Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, remain among our greatest national treasures.

“I also join in thanking former Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington for his leadership over more than a quarter century, as well as Acting Librarian David Mao for leading the Library through this transition period.  I hope the Senate will move quickly to give Dr. Hayden’s nomination the full consideration it is due and confirm her to the post.”