Librarian of Congress Dr Carla Hayden confirms for CILIP Conference 2017

CILIP, the library and information association, is excited to announce that Dr Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress will be the opening speaker at the CILIP Conference 2017. The first African American and first female to be appointed to the prestigious role, Dr Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2016.

Listed by Fortune Magazine in the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders Dr Hayden heads the Library of Congress as it moves to grow its influence and reach through digital transformation and opening up access.  

“This is an amazing opportunity to connect with library professionals around the globe to generate ideas and build relationships,” said Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden.  “When librarians get together something great happens. So I’m looking forward to attending the CILIP Conference in Manchester.”

Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Only the third trained librarian to head up the Library of Congress in its 216 year history, Dr Hayden has held numerous high profile information roles and recently oversaw a $112 million restoration of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. As head of the Baltimore system of twenty-two Pratt libraries Dr Hayden won praise for community outreach and developing services that met the diverse needs of Baltimore’s residents. During civil unrest in Baltimore she received recognition for keeping the libraries open citywide to provide essential information services and safe havens. She served as President of the American Library Association in 2002/3.

The largest library in the world, the Library of Congress holds more than 162 million items, including many unique items from America’s history. It oversees the U.S. Copyright Office and the Congressional Research Service.

The CILIP Conference takes place 5-6 July 2017 in Manchester and will bring information, library and knowledge professionals together to discuss, understand and share insight into the key issues for the sector. Previous conference speakers include co-founder of the Open Data Institute Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, civil rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship R.D Lankes and editor of Inside Time Erwin James.

New for the 2017 conference will be the introduction of a Future Trends strand aimed at Heads of Service, Senior Managers and decision makers, and will focus on the key changes we face in the future, how they will impact us and what we can do to prepare and influence the outcome. The conference will also include a range of expert-led workshops to encourage discussion, knowledge sharing and cross-sector learning to provide delegates with the practical skills and knowledge to positively influence the future. Book your place at the CILIP Conference 2017 for an early-bird discount. The call for papers is now open.


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Notes for editors      

1. Photograph, Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, credit Shawn Miller

2.CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. Visit