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Statement from IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew on the Confirmation of Dr. Carla Hayden To Be the Librarian of Congress
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to be Librarian of Congress. Since 2010, Dr. Hayden has served on the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She is currently the chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and is a past president of the American Library Association.
“With the confirmation of Dr. Hayden, the Library of Congress has a proven leader who will build on the institution’s rich heritage as a repository of national treasures,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “During her 23 years as the head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Dr. Hayden developed a reputation for finding new and innovative ways to engage communities and populations, including expanding access to electronic books before the technology grew to its mainstream status. She is a true visionary for the many ways that libraries can serve as catalysts for community engagement, and we have been honored to work with her as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. We look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role.”
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