The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) commends the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration for holding a hearing today, April 20, 2016, on the nomination of Carla D. Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress. Hayden, currently the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is a leader with strong management skills and the extensive experience needed to modernize the technological infrastructure of the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress—an ARL member—is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the research arm of Congress, with a rich and enduring collection open to all. The library’s collection is unparalleled, with more than 162 million items, including materials in 470 languages and a large collection of accessible formats for those who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. The library circulated nearly 22 million accessible-format copies to people with print disabilities in 2015.
Strong leadership of the Library of Congress is imperative. The Association of Research Libraries urges the Senate Rules Committee to vote in favor of Carla Hayden’s nomination and encourages the full Senate to quickly confirm her as Librarian of Congress.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.