Annual Conference Session
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Auditorium Speaker Series
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
The Librarian and the Archivist
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and National Archivist David Ferriero discuss the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age. The Library of Congress and the National Archives are the home of the nation’s most valuable treasures and historical documents. During their conversation, the Librarian and the Archivist will discuss the role of their institutions in making these resources accessible to the public.
Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress in September 2016. She is the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama in February 2016 and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, July 2016.
Prior to her current post she served as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She was nominated by former President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library; an assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh; and the library services coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator and as a children’s librarian.
Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.
David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States in 2009. Early in 2010 he committed the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to the principles of Open Government—transparency, participation, and collaboration. To better position NARA to fulfill these goals, Ferriero initiated an agency transformation to restructure the organization and set goals to further the mission, meet the needs of those who rely on them, and find new and creative ways to approach the agency's work.
Ferriero served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL), part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the U.S., and one of the largest research libraries in the world. His responsibilities included collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; education, programming, and exhibitions.
Before joining the NYPL, Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.
Ferriero earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston, and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science.
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