Usually awarded to one person a year, the WNBA decided to present the award to two people this year in honor of their centennial. Hayden was awarded for her involvement in the business of books and Erdrich for her involvement in the creation of them.
Jane Kinney-Denning, WNBA National President, said, “These two women, via their work, have made significant cultural and societal contributions [that] are deserving of this prestigious award.”
Hayden and Erdrich will be honored at the WNBA’s centennial celebration on October 28 in New York.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, filled with an impressive archive of magazines, books, and documents from the lives of prominent Americans dating back to its founding in 1800. Though it’s open to the public, nothing in the library may be taken out. To make library materials more accessible to the public, Hayden has doubled-down on continuing work with The Internet Archive in their ongoing efforts to digitize the contents of their library (so far they’re a little over 16 years into the process). Some of their most famous collections to be scanned online so far range from the Rosa Park Papers to the Abraham Lincoln Papers.
She also has made it a point to have more of a social media presence to include more people in what goes on at the national library, something new for a Librarian of Congress.