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Evening Event with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

May 23, 2018
4:00 PM EDT to 7:00 PM EDT
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Library of Congress - Madison Building
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540

Please join WWLI in welcoming Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress.  At this special event exclusively for members and sponsors, Dr. Hayden will share her remarkable career journey to become the first woman and first African American Librarian of Congress. 

The event will be held at the Library of Congress and will begin with a tour of the Jefferson Building.  The tour will conclude in the Madison Building where attendees will enjoy a one hour reception and presentation from Dr. Hayden.  

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About the Speaker:

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.

About the Thomas Jefferson Building:

The oldest of the three United States Library of Congress buildings, the Thomas Jefferson Building was built between 1890 and 1897. IThe Beaux-Arts style building is known for its classicizing facade and elaborately decorated interior. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.


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