Library of Congress employees gathered for a photo op to share today to welcome 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on her first official day at the institution. Posing for photos were staff from the Library’s main campus on Capitol Hill, Taylor Street Annex in Northwest D.C. (which is home to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped), the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., and the Fort Meade facility in Maryland.
“Library of Congress staff members are considered to be the ultimate in terms of professional librarianship,” Hayden said in an interview for the Library of Congress Magazine, LCM. “So I’m really excited about getting their input and taking advantage of their experience as we work together to chart a course to the future.”
We invite you to welcome the Librarian in the comments below!
Baltimore’s loss but the country’s extraordinary gain. Best wishes in this very important and special position.
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the first woman, the first African-American, and really the first full fledged librarian to be chosen as the Librarian of Congress!
I predict she will be a breath of fresh air and bring a new energy to the position and to the institution.
Welcome from a LC daughter (of Verner Clapp) from a long time ago. I know he would be thrilled!
Nancy Clapp Roe
The whole of yesterday afternoon was blocked for Mom Carla’s swearing into office. Her profile made history! an it was as if the day stood still, “eyes right” as Mom Carla placed her hand on the Lincoln Bible held in place by her joyful Mom and confidently repeated the oath as spoken by the Justice. Mom Carla, find to visit my small library in Ghana. God bless you & the Library of Congress. Amen!
Congratulations Carla, and welcome. Such wonderful news. I know you will be an inspiration, to the Library, to women and to the world.
Kudos to superlatively qualified, competent, dedicated, passionate, innovative, effective, collaborative, creative and dedicated leader and mentor entering this position of immense influence.
Congratulations Carla! Baltimore will miss you. No one deserves this honor more than you!!! You are a gem and your dedication as a public servant has elevated you to your rightful place. We will miss you and remember yourcommitment to keeping the libraries open during tough times.
Thanks Carla, another Piledriver from Baltimore
All that hard work,all those hours have lead to this incredible elevation. You truly deserve the accolades coming to you.
Again, Congratulations, Carla.
Ms Hayden Congratulations on your new Post. We just watched your interview on CBS this Morning and are just so excited for the possibilities. Oh my gosh I just found Pershing’s and Patton’s diaries on line … WOW. I digress.
In addition to our excitement about your tenure we also seek information about my wife’s father. His name is Reginald Lee Harris Jr., he was an intern at the Library while in Law School at George Washington University approximately 1938. We would be very appreciative of any information or documents the Library may have re: Reg Harris during his tenure while at the Library or beyond. We understand from family lore that he visited the White House and Congress several times while performing duties for the Library.
Again congratulations – We look forward to your tenure!!
Richard & Helen Rasmussen
Congratulations, Carla! I am so proud to have worked with and known you at CPL. What an historic accomplishment, for you, for President Obama, and for our nation! Hooray!
Just watched Fox Power Player of the Week. I wanted to add my congratulations to Dr. Hayden. It appears that Dr. Hayden is an excellent choice to be our country’s head librarian. Sounds like she’s ready to take on the world!
I am a librarian (in California) and I’m so excited to see Carla Hayden take on this role of utmost importance in the Library of Congress. She is inspiring and I believe will do great things for the Library of Congress and our nation.
Speaking of our nation, our great nation needs a NATIONAL LIBRARY!!
It is high-time that the Library of Congress go through re-branding and a re-invigoration, not to eliminate its historical function of serving Congress, but to identify as an institution serving we the people of the United States of America.
The Library of Congress love this place. So much to read and enjoy right at your fingertips.
Humbly, please let me ask about developing major movie projects about the library of the future, say in 30-50 years.
I was intrigued by the Fox special about Ms. Hayden this morning and her helping to make historical documents digital to enhance historical learning.
I want to know how I can access those documents to share with my students and if I may have an email address to ask her a few questions.
Joan, the Library’s online collections are powerful teaching tools! The best place to start would be our portal for educators, loc.gov/teachers. You’ll find hundreds of teacher resources there.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line via Ask a Librarian.