The Library of Congress is now run by a black woman

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Dr. Hayden is 14th librarian of Congress



With only a few months remaining in his presidency, President Barack Obama has some good tricks up his sleeve. In February, Obama nominated Carla Hayden to be the 14th person in history to head up the Library of Congress, and on Wednesday she was confirmed by the Senate in a 74-18 vote.

Hayden spent years as head of the Baltimore library system and was the former president of the American Library Association. In accepting the role of Librarian of Congress (cool title), she is now both the first woman in history to take on the role as well as the first African-American. Hayden will serve in the role for ten years.

When Hayden was nominated by Obama in February, he wrote, "Dr. Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today's digital culture. She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation's libraries to serve our country well and that's why I look forward to working with her in the months ahead."

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1. Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c.1890-1910)

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2. The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago (1893)

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3. "The Boys of the Lough"/"The Humours of Ennistymon," Michael Coleman (1922)

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4. "Black Snake Moan"/ "Match Box Blues," Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)

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5. "Sorry, Wrong Number," from "Suspense" radio series (1943)

Portrait of Agnes Moorehead

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American actor Rita Hayworth (1918 - 1987) makes a face as she reads from a script and American actor Hans Conried (1917 - 1982) looks at her, as they perform in front of a microphone for the taping of the CBS radio show 'Suspense'.

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6. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," Johnny Mercer (1944)

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7. Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Funeral, Arthur Godfrey, et al. (1945)

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The funeral procession with the coffin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) is moving from Union Station to The White house. 14th April 1945. The President died of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home. Washington, D.C., United States.

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8. "Kiss Me, Kate," original cast album (1949)

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9. "John Brown's Body," Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton (1953)

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10. "My Funny Valentine," The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker (1953)

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11. "Sixteen Tons," Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)

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12. "Mary Don't You Weep," The Swan Silvertones (1959)

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13. "Joan Baez," Joan Baez (1960)

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Portrait of Joan Baez, pet cat

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14. "Stand by Me," Ben E. King (1961)

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Ben E. King, the American soul singer and former member of The Drifters, is seen performing at the Palladium in London, England, on March 3, 1987.

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American soul singer and musician Ben E King, formerly lead singer with vocal group the Drifters. King had a big solo hit with the single 'Stand By Me' in 1961.

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15. "New Orleans' Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band," Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)

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16. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'" The Righteous Brothers (1964)

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17. "The Doors," The Doors (1967)

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American rock band The Doors mirror their looks for a photoshoot, 1967. They are vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger.

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18. "Stand!" Sly and the Family Stone (1969)

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19. "Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues," Lincoln Mayorga (1968)

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20. "A Wild and Crazy Guy," Steve Martin (1978)

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Comedian Steve Martin poses for a portrait with a cat to publicize the release of his album 'Wild And Crazy Guy' in 1978.

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21. "Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites," Various (1995)

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22. "OK Computer," Radiohead (1997)

Photo Credit: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Photo of Thom YORKE and RADIOHEAD; Jonny Greenwood & Thom Yorke (playing Fender Telecaster Deluxe) performing live onstage.

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23. "Songs of the Old Regular Baptists," various (1997)

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24. "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," Lauryn Hill (1998)

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25. "Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman," Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999)

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