our Web home page. It’s more engaging; the collections arrive
on the page sooner and in a more graphic way. We are going to
have more traveling exhibitions and more online/virtual exhibitions, and I’ve just hired a new exhibit coordinator. We’re using
many more engagement tools and building a bigger social
media presence. We will increase our in-person programming
with everything from story times to concerts. We are opening
up the treasure chest as much as possible so that people everywhere—in rural areas, on reservations, in cities—can access our
We also serve young people and others with disabilities
through our National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped. I want to make sure that our services
for them are as modern as possible.
What do you want young readers/students to know
about the Library of Congress? How does the LC
Whatever they’re studying—not just students in school, but
lifelong learners as well—they can explore our website and
bring up whatever the library has on that topic. There are so
many ways to connect, including our Ask a Librarian feature. I
want them to know that this is their library, too.
What initiatives for children and children’s librarians
might be planned?
With the potential enhancement of the Young Readers Center
we hope to develop more creative spaces where young people
can participate in programming. We plan to have more interactive exchanges and programming with our national ambassador
for young people’s literature, Gene Luen Yang, who does such
wonderful graphic novels, and we continue to support his
“Reading Without Walls” campaign. And we also want to do
more with our U.S. poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, who has
done really wonderful work with teens. At a renovated YRC
we’ll be able to have kids in, use Skype for events, and do more
In the same vein, how does LC reach out to students
and teachers? Are there ways for schools to take
more advantage of LC resources?
We have a teacher-in-residence program that provides teachers
with an opportunity to work with our staff to create K– 12 curricular tie-ins with our digitized primary resources. We will be
expanding that program and broadening its reach.
In September, we worked with Discovery Education for
Constitution Day, and did a virtual tour and had our curators
and librarians live tweet during the program. We have a special
site for teachers, our educators’ page. And we bring in teachers,
physically, for programming. We make available primary-source class sets for iPads designed for classroom use. And we
have an educational-outreach division that works closely with
teachers and connects with them on social media.
You have instituted some recent changes to the U.S.
Copyright Office. Can you share your vision or
some of your goals for reshaping that office?
I want to make it clear. The register resigned. [On October 21,
Hayden appointed Maria Pallante as senior advisor for digital
strategy; Pallante had been serving as register of copyrights
since 2011. She resigned on October 24, declining the reassign-ment.] I made no changes involving the copyright process or
anything like that. We are several weeks out from asking for
input from the copyright community as we begin a search for
a new permanent register. In my role, I have the opportunity to
make sure that they have the tools they need in the copyright
office to do their work.
We have already seen many photo ops with you,
where you are out in the community meeting with
lots of people. What are your favorite types of meet
I have favorites, plural. I love the opportunities to visit with
Looking ahead, what is your vision for moving the
different types of people and different communities who use the
LC. The Library has so many facets. I can meet with people who
are interested in cartography and maps, or military history, or
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, or George Gershwin,
and saw Smokey Robinson play an original Gershwin score on
the Gershwin piano. [On November 16, Robinson received the
Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and per-
formed at a star-studded concert during the ceremonies.]
Our staff are experts and I want people to know that the LC
is something to be explored, and I want them to get excited
about it. This job is like having a birthday all the time, with
presents every day, and you don’t get older!
LC forward? Where do you want to take it?
I want to keep it going in the direction of collecting resources
for people to learn and do scholarship—and I use that term in
its broadest sense. I want us to keep growing with the best tools
and the best human resources to do that. I want to continue the
legacy of making knowledge and information available to all.
And we hope the American people join us on this journey. Stay
Hayden leads story
time in the Library
of Congress’s Young
School & Library Spotlight