Story via NPR’s The Takeaway, an 8 minute interview with the new Librarian of Congress.
There have been 14 librarians of Congress since the position was created in 1802. Like any other federal appointment, it’s a position that changes with the direction of a given administration. Between 1802 to 1864, political appointees lead the Library of Congress. From 1864 to 1987, most librarians had mixed backgrounds and experience. But one thing that connects all librarians from 1802 to 2015? They were all white, and all men.
Carla Hayden is the first African-American and the first woman to become this country’s Librarian of Congress. Oh, and she’s interested in retail, she mentioned the LOC’s lovely shop.