Pratt library director wins post in national association

Hayden's president-elect for year, then leader in '03

May 03, 2002|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

Carla D. Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, became president-elect yesterday of the American Library Association based in Chicago, and will take office as head of the organization in July of next year, association officials announced.

As president, Hayden - who remains as head of the Pratt system - will lobby and testify before Congress on behalf of the nation's librarians and making other public appearances on behalf of library causes. She also will preside over two annual conferences.

Hayden said yesterday that the presidency would not interfere with her director's duties and said she was delighted and "proud to be elected president of the premier professional organization by my colleagues."

Hayden is the second Enoch Pratt librarian to receive the distinction in the 126-year history of the association.

She campaigned vigorously for the post, creating a Web site that emphasized a platform that included greater public access to digital technology, a consistent theme since she became director of the Pratt in 1993.

In nine years as director, Hayden has laid the groundwork for a regional library strategy, closed seven of 28 neighborhood branches and managed an ambitious $60 million project now under way, the renovation of the central library with a new annex which will house the African-American and the H.L. Mencken collections.

Hayden said she expects the national post to bring attention to Baltimore and attract more local support of the city library, which also functions as the state library resource center.

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