Year of the Book: UCLA IS Presents Carla Hayden, Feb. 21

The first woman and first African American to become Librarian of Congress to speak at UCLA's Schoenberg Music Hall in celebration of 60 years of Information Studies at UCLA.

UPDATED 02/08/19 Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, will be speaking at UCLA on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. at Schoenberg Music Hall as part of the “Year of the Book” series celebrating the 60thAnniversary of Information Studies at UCLA. Hayden will appear in conversation with Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, IS Distinguished Research Professor Christine L. Borgman, and UCLA University Librarian Virginia Steel.

Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library; she was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2016, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate that year. She will be speaking on “Libraries in the Digital Age: Now What?”

Hayden has been lauded for her work in Information Sciences throughout her almost 50-year-long career. From 2003 to 2004, she was the president of the American Library Association. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore, which included an after-school center for teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling.

Distinguished Research Professor Christine Borgman will hold a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at UCLA on Feb. 21. Photo by Todd Cheney, UCLA

Before becoming the Librarian of Congress, Ms. Hayden served as the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library. In January 2010, she was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board and confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Since 1973, Ms. Hayden has worked in numerous positions in the Information Science field, including a children’s librarian, assistant professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library. She received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Borgman, Distinguished Research Professor and Presidential Chair Emerita in Information Studies at UCLA, is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. These include three books from MIT Press: “Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World” (2015), “Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet” (2007), and “From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World” (2000).

The event will take place at UCLA’s Schoenberg Music Hall, with a reception at 5 p.m. on the terrace, followed by the discussion at 6:00 PM.

Admission to this event is free; an RSVP is recommended. Complimentary parking for this event will be available in Lot 4. To RSVP, visit this Eventbrite link. For further information, e-mail events@gseis.ucla.edu, or call the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310)-2016-0375

To read “How to Think About Data: A Conversation With Christine Borgman” on the Library of Congress website, visit this link.

For a full list of “Year of the Book” events, visit this link.