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Librarian of Congress to Visit the West Virginia Library Commission


​Charleston, W. VA. – In honor of her visit to West Virginia, the State Library Commission is hosting a reception for Dr. Carla Hayden, United States Librarian of Congress, on Thursday, February 22nd.  The reception will be held at the WVLC Library at the Culture Center in Charleston at 12:30 pm.  Dr. Hayden’s trip to the Mountain State is being coordinated by Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s office, and the Senator will be accompanying Dr. Hayden.
Dr. Hayden is the first woman and first African American to hold the position of Librarian of Congress, and the first professional librarian to lead the Library of Congress in over 60 years.  The Librarian of Congress is a position appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate for a term of 10 years. 
From 1993 until 2016, Dr. Hayden was the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore Maryland, and president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004.  As president of the ALA, she was a vocal opponent of the Patriot Act and a champion for the protection of library user’s privacy.
Dr. Hayden is also a staunch supporter of public libraries.  In a 2003 Ms. Magazine profile of Hayden, she spoke about libraries, “Libraries are a cornerstone of democracy—where information is free and equally available to everyone. People tend to take that for granted, and they don’t realize what is at stake when that is put at risk.”
For more information on Dr. Hayden’s visit to the Library Commission, contact the WVLC at 304-558-2041.

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