When asked what people often miss about the value of libaries, this library professional has an answer!
Nichelle M. Hayes is the founding director of the Center for Black Literature & Culture, and previously served as the CEO (Interim) of the Indianapolis Public Library from April to December of 2022. In this video, she discusses what is often missed about the field of librarianship, and new opportunities that can come from the field.
A 3rd generation Hoosier and graduate of Indiana University – School of Library Information Science (SLIS) with her Masters in Library Science, she also holds an additional Masters degree in Public Administration and Human Resources from Valdosta State Uniersity. Having won numerous awards including the Breakthrough Women Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 2022, Hayes continues to serve the community on several boards and committees including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the NAACP.
The creation of the Center for Black Literature & Culture is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.