For immediate release | June 15, 2022

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to present at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will present at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022.

In a special message to library professionals, Dr. Hayden will discuss the role of libraries and librarians in the misinformation age.

Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. She is the first woman and first African American to lead the national library. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13.

Prior to becoming the Librarian of Congress, Hayden served as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed to that post by the Senate in June 2010. Hayden served as ALA president from 2003 to 2004. 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 Pratt Library, which included an after-school center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

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About ALA Annual

The 2022 ALA Annual Conference offers professional development opportunities for library professionals at all career levels and from all library types, including more than 160 education sessions and News You Can Use sessions detailing the latest insights from experts on policy, research, and technology. More than 12 thought leaders and celebrity speakers will share their unique insights on the main stage, as well. Conference registration is now open.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our priority. ALA is carefully tracking the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is working with suppliers in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage and other services. See the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page that will be regularly updated should changes occur.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit


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