‘Rock Star’ Librarian Carla Hayden Takes Center Stage at William and Mary
As the 14th U.S. Librarian of Congress — and first woman and first African-American to hold that role — Hayden is considered by many as something akin to the Mick Jagger of librarians, and that status showed during her visit to W&M. One audience member wore a Hayden T-shirt, and even W&M President Katherine A. Rowe expressed her fandom.
“I feel like I’m introducing a rock star,” Rowe said.
Referencing Hayden’s work with Baltimore and Chicago’s libraries and her time serving as the president of the American Libraries Association, Rowe said that Hayden has led the way in the nation’s understanding of how libraries are critical to diversity, inclusion and democracy.
At her public talk Friday night, Hayden discussed the role of libraries today and the changes she has seen throughout her career, including a greater understanding of different types of literacy and an openness to different types of literature.
“People read differently, and we need to make room for that,” she said.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.