Sign on to Support Carla Hayden for LOC

Sign on to Support Carla Hayden for LOC

The focus of determining the next leader for the Librarian of Congress, as it was when President Obama made his initial nomination, should be on finding the right professional for the job.  It should not be on upholding archaic and patriarchal customs.  This is particularly true when the Library of Congress has received scrutiny for being complacent and absent in failing to serve as a principal voice for libraries and librarians.  Additionally, much work and leadership is needed to help advance the institution in the areas of digitization, public awareness, use and overall management.

Dr. Carla Hayden, who currently serves ...

The focus of determining the next leader for the Librarian of Congress, as it was when President Obama made his initial nomination, should be on finding the right professional for the job.  It should not be on upholding archaic and patriarchal customs.  This is particularly true when the Library of Congress has received scrutiny for being complacent and absent in failing to serve as a principal voice for libraries and librarians.  Additionally, much work and leadership is needed to help advance the institution in the areas of digitization, public awareness, use and overall management.

Dr. Carla Hayden, who currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Library Science from the University of Chicago.  She has held her position as CEO of Enoch Pratt for over 20 years and successfully led the institution through many cultural, societal and budgetary shifts that impacted library relevance and use.  While doing so, she also thrived professionally, being elected by a body of her peers to serve as President of the American Library Association from 2003-2004. 

Despite her experience, qualifications and the remarkably high esteem for Dr. Hayden throughout the library profession, President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Hayden has not been uncontested.  There are those, though undoubtedly feeble and few, who believe that the nomination was primarily made to advance some political agenda and/or somehow disregard past precedent of Librarians of Congress being scholars.  Frankly, the assertion and promotion of this view is dismissive and, itself, disregards Dr. Hayden’s track record as a former professor, librarian and an executive library director.

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Send an Email to your Senator to Vote For Carla Hayden

The Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden is a highly qualified and skilled librarian with years of experience and would also be the first woman and first African American  in history.

To be confirmed, a majority (51 or more) Senators must vote “aye” when Dr. Hayden’s ...

The Senate Rules Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden is a highly qualified and skilled librarian with years of experience and would also be the first woman and first African American  in history.

To be confirmed, a majority (51 or more) Senators must vote “aye” when Dr. Hayden’s name comes before them for confirmation. A vote in the full Senate has yet to be scheduled but could well occur prior to the beginning of the Senate’s summer recess in mid-July, possibly sooner.

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