Hayden, Strauch seek 2003-2004 ALA presidency

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ALA News Release


For Immediate Release


October 12, 2001

Hayden, Strauch seek 2003-2004 ALA presidency

Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, and Katina Strauch, head of collection development at the College of Charleston Libraries, are candidates for the 2003-2004 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Hayden has served as chair of the ALA's Committee on Accreditation and the ALA's Spectrum Initiative. She also is a member of the Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), divisions of ALA.

Prior to going to Baltimore in 1993, Hayden served as First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library and assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science of the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland at College Park.

Hayden was named Librarian of the Year by
Library Journal in 1995 and was recognized as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by
Warfield's Business Record in 1996. She also has received the Legacy of Literacy Award from the DuBois Circle of Baltimore, the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College and the President's Medal from John Hopkins University.

A graduate of Roosevelt University, Hayden earned her M.A. and Ph.D degrees from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Strauch has been active within the ALA and the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the ALA. Most recently she co-chaired the ALCTS Acquisitions Librarians/Vendors of Library Materials Discussion Group. She also has served on other ALCTS committees and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Acquisitions and Exchange Section.

Since 1979, Strauch has served in leadership positions at the College of Charleston. She is the founder of the Charleston Conference and chairs the board of
The Charleston Report and
The Charleston Advisor. In addition, she is the founder and editor of
Against the Grain. Strauch also has worked at the Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College and Duke University Medical Center Library.

She received the South Carolina Outstanding Librarian Award in 1996 and the ALA ALCTS Acquisitions Section Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award in 1997. Strauch has published widely in library literature and has written five novels with her husband.

Strauch has her master's of library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

ALA members current as of January 31 will vote on the spring ballot. The candidate elected will serve as ALA vice president/president-elect for 2002-2003 and as president the following year.