Wow. Obama announced new Librarian of Congress: Dr Carla Hayden. First African American & first woman in the job. https://t.co/kY1A3uC0tQ
— Kate Crawford (@katecrawford) February 24, 2016
… Michelle and I have known Dr. Hayden for a long time since her days working at the Chicago Public Library, and her dedication to learning and education is unparalleled.
More recently, she’s devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture. She’s been hard at work revitalizing Baltimore’s library system as the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library, updating its technology and raising money to fund essential improvements. Under her leadership, the Pratt library has become the largest provider of public-access computers in Maryland.
As Librarian of Congress, she’ll work in close partnership with Congress, support the copyright office that serves our nation’s creative communities, and explore new ways to share the information housed within our library through innovative technologies.
And I know she’ll be a good steward for the important role that libraries play in our communities. Last year, during the unrest in Baltimore, Dr. Hayden and the library’s staff kept the doors of the Pratt open as a beacon for the community…
Apart from bibliophilia (which is always on topic), what’s on the agenda for the evening?
And speaking of libraries, here’s a glimpse of a private paradise:
Umberto Eco’s library pic.twitter.com/M08R4mOBUz
— Simon Mason (@LDNCalling) February 23, 2016