With the overwhelming support of the Senate, Dr. Carla Hayden has been approved as the next librarian of Congress.
Hayden, the head of Baltimore's public library system and the former president of the American Library Association, is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post.
It's actually rather newsworthy that the next librarian of Congress is, well, a librarian.
Many previous librarians of Congress have been scholars or writers. Both Billington and his predecessor, Daniel J. Boorstin, were historians. Before Hayden's nomination, the American Library Association (which Hayden used to lead) had called for Obama to nominate a professional librarian for the post.
And, as many have noted, all the previous Librarians of Congress were white men. In nominating Hayden, Obama said it was "long overdue" for that to change.
Congratulations, Dr. Hayden!!