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Published on: January 20, 2010



BALTIMORE  – President Barack Obama announced this week his intent to nominate Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board and National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities. 

“I am truly honored to be chosen by the President to serve on these important boards,” said Hayden. “The President has always been a great supporter of libraries and its impact on education, literacy and society. And as part of these boards, I hope to share my knowledge and experience in sustaining and promoting lifelong learning nationwide.”

Dr. Hayden is one of eleven individuals the President announced his intent to nominate to key administration posts.

President Obama said, "These individuals will bring proven talent and dedication to their roles. I am grateful they have chosen to serve in my administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

A veteran of the Chicago Public Library system, Dr. Carla Hayden is a past president of the American Library Association and the current Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  She previously served as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and Library Services Coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Chicago's leading cultural institutions. Dr. Hayden began her career with the Chicago Public Library in 1973 as a library associate and children's librarian and then as a young adult services coordinator with the Chicago system, one of the largest in the United States.

The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is an advisory body that includes the director and deputy directors of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and twenty presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

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Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library:  “ Your journey starts here.”


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