“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
– Frederick Douglass (quoted by Carla Hayden)
In this piece from The New York Times, Ana Marie Cox interviews the recently appointed 14th librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Ms. Hayden explores the idea of being a “radical librarian,” both in her position as the first female and first African American librarian of Congress and in political moves she has taken throughout her career. Such moves include keeping a local Baltimore library open after the death of Freddie Gray as a haven for the community as well as battling Attorney General John Ashcroft over the Patriot Act while she served as the president of the American Library Association (ALA).
Ms. Hayden also briefly touches on the recent “epidemic” of fake news. She argues that the best defense a librarian can have is information literacy and offering authoritative sources. She believes that if we teach children early about information literacy and how to find the best sources, they will be less susceptible to fake news tactics later on.