Amy Ryan, President
In October 2008, Amy E. Ryan became the first female president of the Boston Public Library – the first municipally funded library in the United States and one of the first free public libraries in the world. As President, Ms. Ryan provides leadership to one of the most comprehensive library systems in the country. With a collection of over 22 million books, maps, manuscripts, and other items, the Boston Public Library is the Library for the Commonwealth for all citizens of Massachusetts. The Library was the first to establish neighborhood branches, and is one of the few libraries in the world renowned for both the capacity to support scholarly research in diverse disciplines and for the quality of its branch facilities and outreach activities. As more people turn to the Boston Public Library for an array of services and resources, Ryan is leading the development of a strategic plan for ongoing success in light of new audiences, demographic changes, expanding technology, and the public’s evolving expectations for services, collections, computers, and buildings – all within the context of financial sustainability.
With unwavering dedication and a commitment to all citizens, Amy Ryan’s vision is twofold: to set the course that will keep the BPL at the forefront in both research and service delivery at the neigh-borhood levels; and to preserve a premier library system that welcomes people from all over the world by responding to the changing needs of library users. President Ryan values partnerships and collaborates with the schools, universities, youth organizations, senior centers, literacy groups and others to leverage tax dollars to expand the input of library services. The Boston Public Library and the Boston Public Schools continue to jointly sponsor numerous programs for school-age children.
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