Allene F. Hayes

August 9, 2015

Hayes, Allene Obituary

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ welcomed Allene Farmer Hayes home on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Allene was born on September 23,1959 in Washington, DC, the youngest child born to the late Allena and Thomas Farmer. She graduated Eastern H.S. in Washington, D.C., Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a graduate degree in library science at the University of Maryland. She attended Richmond College and Oxford University.

Allene met the love of her life, Thomas Hayes, at Clark College; they married on November 12, 1988. “Little Mama,” as she was affectionately called, was the center of her family. She loved spending time with family (her grandson, Tyler, was a special favorite) and friends at her home enjoying delicious meals she prepared and taking photos, seizing every opportunity to capture lifetime memories. She also enjoyed the theatre and concerts.

Allene gave her life to Christ and united with New Samaritan Baptist Church in 2006. She enjoyed serving the Lord. She danced with the Judah Praise Dance Ministry, taught in the AWANNA youth program and was a parent participant in the NSBC Scholarship Ministry.

Lively, intelligent and highly focused, Allene enjoyed a stellar career. She began working at the Library of Congress in 1983 as a Copyright Specialist and retired in 2013 as Chief of the U.S./Anglo Division. A consummate leader and pioneer, she helped the Library embrace the digital future in her roles as Digital Project Coordinator and head of the Electronic Resources Management Team. She held a number of other positions including U.S. Senior Congressional Fellow and Special Assistant to the Associate Librarian for Science & Technology Information. Before retiring she was presented with a Presidential Letter of Commendation.

Allene was admired and loved by many at the Library of Congress and took great joy in being a librarian and in mentoring to the younger generation. She served in many professional associations, including as president of the Daniel A.P. Murray African American Cultural Association. She served on the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) Black Caucus, the ALA Council, the ALA Diversity Committee, and chaired the ALA/ALCTS Electronic Resources Interest Group. Allene was a proud and dedicated member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Federal City Alumnae Chapter.

Allene was also influential in the international library community, having served on the International Federation of Library Associations’ (IFLA) Standing Committee on Acquisitions, and the IFLA World Digital Library Group. Allene spoke at conferences across the country and the globe. She represented the Library in several countries including South Africa, Italy, and India. Her articles on topics such as the management of electronic resources and on the field of librarianship were published in the Journal of Library Metadata, the BCALA Newsletter, and ALA’s Technical Services Quarterly.

One of Allene’s passions was travel, something she was able to do both for leisure and as part of her profession. She realized one of her longstanding dreams when she traveled to Cuba in 2014 with friends and fellow librarians. Allene also traveled to England with Alle, in celebration of Alle’s graduation from high school.

Allene leaves to mourn her loving husband Thomas Hayes, two daughters Mia Hayes and Alle Hayes, six brothers and sisters including Thomas Farmer, Carl Farmer, Sharon Edwards, Gerald Farmer, Connie Hewston, Gwendolyn Farmer and one grandchild, Tyler Harvey. She was preceded in death by her sister Althea (Bay) Farmer. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Allene, we will miss you and that bright, beautiful smile that lit up so many lives. Dear mother, “glammother” wife, sister, daughter and friend, may you rest in eternal peace.




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August 20, 2015
10:00 a.m.

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New Samaritan Baptist Church

1100 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
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August 20, 2015
11:00 a.m.

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New Samaritan Baptist Church

1100 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
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