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Libraries in the Future: Teaching the Elephant to Dance

Date : Nov 19, 2003
Start Time : 11 a.m. Eastern
Length : 00:50:58

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As the world's socio-economic and technological environments change, libraries of all types are facing unique challenges in serving their patrons. In order to retain their position as sources of personal enrichment and community anchors, libraries must continue to embrace change and seek proactive ways to better serve the people who depend on them to provide the full benefits of information technology. This seminar will focus on the issues facing libraries in the future with a special emphasis on current best practices from the profession and other fields, particularly business and not-for-profit management.

Dr. Carla Hayden ?President, American Library Association

Dr. Carla D. Hayden is the Executive Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. Prior, she was the First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library, an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science of the University of Pittsburgh, and Library Services Coordinator at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. A graduate of Roosevelt University, Dr. Hayden earned her MA and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago. Dr. Hayden is an active member of the American Library Association, currently serving as President for 2003-2004.

Dr. Hayden was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal (1995) and one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by Warfield's Business Record (1996) and by The Daily Record (2003). She is the recipient of the Carver-Washington Award from the Baltimore Tuskegee Alumni Association (1995), the Torch Bearer Award from the Coalition of 100 Black Women (1996), the Legacy of Literacy Award from the DuBois Circle of Baltimore (1996), the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College (1997), and the President's Medal from the Johns Hopkins University (1998). She was listed in the publication of "Notable Black American Women" (2000). She has also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Baltimore (2000) and Morgan State University (2001).

Dr. Hayden served as chair of ALA's Committee on Accreditation and Spectrum Initiative to recruit minorities to librarianship and is currently a member of the boards of the Maryland African American Museum Corporation, Baltimore City Historical Society, Goucher College, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Library, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, Mercy Hospital Advisory Board, National Aquarium in Baltimore's Advisory Board, Sinai Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, and Washington College.