January 20, 2022

“Meet Carla Hayden, the First Female Librarian of Congress”

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Carla Hayden isn’t your stereotypical librarian.

There’s no chain around her neck to hold her eyeglasses in place. She doesn’t keep a finger at her lips, ready to “shush” away any sounds louder than a whisper. Her dress doesn’t reach her ankles, and her hair is certainly not pulled back in a bun.

“Well, you’ll notice that I have spiky hair, and I try to spice it up a little bit,” she joked during he visit to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Note from Gary Price, Founder/Editor of infoDOCKET:

Note to all journalists and editors including those at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It would be useful to understand that many/most of the stereotypes of librarians that are included in the lead of the story shared above are no longer accurate. Dr. Hayden does a great job to illustrate this fact but so do many/most of us.

Note to all librarians and library organizations: We MUST do better to inform, educate, and demonstrate that the library and LIBRARIAN of 2017 and beyond are not what they once were and many people still believe are accurate. The number of articles that I see each week that continue to include old stereotypes is still significant.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.