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Carla Hayden( Colby Ware, for The Baltimore Sun / January 4, 2013 )
60, Chief Executive Officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library
After successfully sparring with John Ashcroft over the Patriot Act's attempt to access library records and building the first new libraries in the city in 35 years, Carla Hayden is bringing Baltimore's library system into a digital, social-media-savvy age. In 2011, the system began lending e-readers. A new group of young boosters, the Pratt Contemporaries, sprang up to support the system's efforts. And this year, the Pratt got initial funding to launch a $96 million, four-year renovation that will drag the Central Library into the 21st century. As she puts it: "It's rare in your profession to be at the crossroads of your industry." Last month, Hayden received the Lippincott Award in Chicago. The citation described her as "visionary," "pioneering" and "legendary" and said that she had restored the Pratt "to national prominence, making it a leader in providing access to the Internet and digital collections."
-- Mary Carole McCauley