May 17, 2022

A Conversation with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, on “The Takeout with Major Garrett” From CBS News

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From CBS News:

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Ph.D, talks about transitioning from serving Baltimore to serving as Librarian of Congress on this week’s episode of “The Takeout with Major Garrett.”

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  • Carla Hayden on being the first woman and African-American to be Librarian of Congress: “Both of those mean quite a bit to me personally and professionally.”
  • On her legacy: “It’s really interesting when you see the names engraved in marble at the Thomas Jefferson building. You see ‘Daniel,’ and ‘John,’ and ‘Archibald,’ and then you see ‘Carla.’ It’s like, one of these is not like the other.”
  • On women in leadership in libraries: “Librarianship is one of the four feminized professions – nursing, social work, education and librarianship – where about 85 to 90% of the workforce is female. However, the top management doesn’t always reflect that.”
  • On the accessibility of the Library of Congress: “It’s not just for ‘scholars.’ It’s for people who are curious. People who want to create or learn.”

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