- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The nominee to be the next Librarian of Congress has ties to President Barack Obama dating to her tenure with the Chicago Public Library more than two decades ago.

Obama on Wednesday nominated Baltimore library chief Carla Hayden to be the first woman and first African-American to lead the Library of Congress.

Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama have known Hayden from her days in Chicago. Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993 before becoming CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

Hayden also was worked with the Chicago library and the Museum of Science and Industry from 1973 to 1987. She holds academic degrees from Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago.

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