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Conversation with Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

March 27 at 11:00
West Building Lecture Hall

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.

Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Hayden was library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979.

Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

This presentation is held in celebration of Women's History Month, which began as a weeklong commemoration in 1980 and has been observed throughout the month of March since 1987. This year's theme is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business."

The National Gallery of Art joins the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American History.

Photograph by Shawn Miller, Library of Congress

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