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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Librarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1952
Birth Location:
Tallahassee, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Librarian

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Chocolate)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Living Well Is The Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
8/10/1952
Birth Location:
Tallahassee
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Biography

Library Director and Administrator Carla Hayden was born on August 10, 1952. She received her B.A. degree from Roosevelt University and began work as a library assistant at the Chicago Public Library in 1973. She later received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago’s Graduate Library School.

She worked as library service coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science. In 1991, she returned to Chicago where she worked as the Chicago Public Library System’s deputy commissioner and chief librarian. She is also the second African American to become the executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, one of the oldest free libraries in the United States.

Hayden was elected president of the American Library Association in 2003. She succeeded in getting Attorney General John Ashcroft to declassify reports on the Act’s provisions and eventually, through her efforts and the efforts of other civil liberties organizations, the section of the Act that allowed the F.B.I. to demand private individuals’ library records was rescinded.

Hayden has continually championed the cause of civil liberties and freedom of information. She spearheaded the A.L.A.’s efforts to overturn legislation that forced all libraries receiving federal funding to install internet content filters on their computers. Eventually the Supreme Court upheld the right of adult library users to request the filter’s deactivation, though they did not overturn the requirement that the filters be installed. Hayden has worked with the A.L.A. to publicize and uphold the right to deactivate the filter.

She has been honored with the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College, the President’s Medal by Johns Hopkins University, and the Legacy of Literacy Award by the DuBois Circle of Baltimore. Hayden was named one of Ms. Magazine’s 2003 Women of the Year and one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of Maryland. She is also the first African American to receive the Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal Magazine. She is a member of the Boards of the Maryland African American Museum Corporation, Goucher College, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Library and Maryland Historical Society.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carla Hayden's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden relates stories from her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden recalls the stories her paternal grandmother told her about family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carla Hayden talks about her father's upbringing in central Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carla Hayden talks about her father's career as a musician
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carla Hayden talks about how her parents pursued careers in music during the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden talks about how her parents' marriage ended after the family moved to New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden shares memories of the music scene her father belonged to during her childhood in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden explains why she chose not to pursue a career in music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden talks about her childhood interest in reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carla Hayden recalls Margaret Pendergast of Springfield, Illinois, one of her role models as a librarian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carla Hayden describes her experiences in grade school in New York, New York and Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carla Hayden talks about the impact of her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carla Hayden talks about the factors that led to her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden describes her experiences at St. Edmund's School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden recalls her cultural experiences in Chicago, Illinois during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden describes the changes in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois during her high school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden describes her experiences at South Shore High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden talks about why she did not attend her prom at South Shore High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden recalls her impression of radical politics in Chicago, Illinois during the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carla Hayden talks about her aspirations while attending South Shore High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carla Hayden describes her experiences at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden describes her experiences at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden talks about how she decided to become a librarian
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden describes her early career as a librarian in the Chicago Public Library system in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden describes her graduate studies in library science at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden talks about her decision to specialize in children's literature
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden recalls her time as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carla Hayden talks about returning to Chicago, Illinois as the chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden recalls the completion of the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, Illinois in 1991
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden talks about her decision to become the director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden recalls the dedication of the Bruce K. Hayden Center for the Performing Arts at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden talks about the history of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden describes her tenure as director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden talks about how she became president of the American Library Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carla Hayden talks about her opposition to the USA PATRIOT Act as president of the American Library Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carla Hayden talks about the future plans of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carla Hayden offers her perspective on how reading will change in the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carla Hayden reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carla Hayden talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carla Hayden reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carla Hayden talks about her family's pride in her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carla Hayden offers advice to young people considering a career in library science
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carla Hayden describes how she would like to be remembered