Carla D. Hayden

Executive director and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore


Among the achievements specially noted by the jury and the many colleagues who wrote in support of this award are Dr. Hayden’s two decades of visionary leadership as executive director/CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, which she has restored to national prominence, making it a national leader in providing access to the Internet and to digital collections; her extraordinary success in positioning the Pratt Library as a major and indispensable force in civic, community and municipal affairs; her outstanding service as president of ALA, where she spearheaded efforts to attract and train underrepresented groups to the library profession through the Spectrum Initiative and successfully challenged the government’s attempts, under the Patriot Act, to gain unwarranted access to library records; and her national leadership as a member of the steering committee overseeing creation of the pioneering Digital Public Library of America, and as a presidentially appointed member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Awards Won

Title Year
Joseph W. Lippincott Award
An annual award consisting of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation presented annually to a librarian for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship, such service to include outstanding participation in the activities of the professional library association, notable published professional writing, or other significant activity on behalf of the profession and its aims.
2013 - Winner(s)