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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Additional Public Listening Sessions

by awilliams

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee today announced three additional public listening sessions scheduled for January and February 2016. The sessions on January 21, February 1, and February 11, will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on the qualities the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have, in an open and conversational forum. The next in the series of public listening sessions will be held this Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m., in the Commonwealth Salon at Central Library, Copley Square.

“The more input received from the community, the more assured the Search Committee will be in selecting a BPL President who best meets the needs of library patrons and staff,” said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. “The public has provided great feedback already, but more voices are always welcome. For those unable to attend a public listening session, please deliver your ideas via email to”

January and February listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Roslindale Branch Library, 4246 Washington Street, Roslindale
  • Monday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. – East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen Street, East Boston
  • Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Lower Mills Branch Library, 27 Richmond Street, Dorchester

The public is also encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments may be submitted via

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates from around the country for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.



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