Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position

"In terms of being the Librarian of Congress, it’s important that a woman is in the position. Librarianship is one of the four 'feminized professions.' Eighty-five percent of the workforce is female but men are in most of the directorships and management positions. So to have a woman Librarian of Congress is just as significant as race in terms of diversity."

"I was a voracious reader. I was the daughter of musicians and realized pretty early that I wasn’t a musical talent. But what I did love was reading, and devoured books like Louisa May Alcott’s 'Little Women.' I could hear these characters’ voices in my head the way I think good musicians can hear how notes will sound together from a page. I have loved reading my entire life."

"I often talk about my favorite book, which is ‘Bright April,’ by Marguerite de Angeli. It was about a young African-American girl who was a Brownie with pigtails. And that was me. It was the first book I remember where I really saw myself. I think books are so important as windows to other worlds, but they can and should also be mirrors. For young readers to see themselves in something important like a book, that really makes an impression."

Essence + New York Times, Photograph via ALA

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Katharine Jefferts Schori

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