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STATEMENT OF BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESIDENT AMY E. RYAN

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Amy Ryan“Today I am announcing my resignation, effective July 3, 2015. I am choosing to step aside at this time to allow the work of the Boston Public Library to continue without distraction.

It has been a tremendous honor to serve as President of the Boston Public Library. Together with our library team and the people of Boston, we can be proud of our daily dedication to public service; new and revitalized libraries in Mattapan, Dorchester, East Boston, and Copley Square; a community-driven plan for the future, our Compass; leadership in digital services; and our preeminent collections of distinction.

I deeply appreciate the support shown to me by the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees throughout my tenure. The Trustees are a committed and faithful group of leaders who embody the mission of a public library built by the people and dedicated to the advancement of learning.

I believe as strongly in the mission of the Boston Public Library today as when I arrived from Minnesota nearly eight years ago. I am honored to have contributed to the success of a public library system that is truly free to all and unswervingly committed to serving people of all ages and from all walks of life throughout the City of Boston and the Commonwealth.”

 

About BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit bpl.org.

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Boston Public Library President Announces Collection Management and Systemwide Safety and Security Action Plans

Posted on June 3rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Today, Boston Public Library (BPL) President Amy E. Ryan announced action plans for the BPL’s collection management and systemwide safety and security. The plans include an expanded and accelerated inventory and assessment of Special Collections with a focus on the most important and valuable, the transfer of 24,000 paper catalog cards to the electronic catalog over 12 months, and a completed comprehensive Systemwide Safety and Security Plan by the end of July 2015.

President Ryan made the announcement at a special meeting of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees at the Central Library in Copley Square. The meeting included an update on the ongoing investigations into two missing artworks, the recently released external Operational and Financial Assessment of BPL by Chrysalis Management, LLC, an overview of the library’s systemwide safety and security, and an overview of BPL collection management.

Collection Management Action Plan

  • Inventory of the Print Collection
    • Expert preservationist Dr. Martha Mahard, with 35 years of experience at Harvard University, has begun an item-by-item inventory of all 200,000 prints and drawings and 120,000 chromolithographs to be completed by the end of the year.
    • Print staff redeployed to inventory; public service curtailed
      • Digital access remains

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Boston Public Library’s 2015 Concerts in the Courtyard Series

Posted on May 21st, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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Lunchtime and evening concerts fill Copley Square this summerconcert

One of Boston’s most picturesque spaces will be filled with music in a free concert series on Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July, and August. Starting on June 3, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, will feature music selections from a variety of influences, from jazz and folk to classical and contemporary music. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. through August 28. All concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

“Partaking in this free summertime series is an ideal way to spend part of an afternoon or evening enjoying music in one of Boston’s finest cultural institutions,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank Boston Public Library staff, the Boston Public Library Foundation, and Deloitte for providing such wonderful programming for library users and visitors.” Read more »

Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Named Chair of Digital Public Library of America

Posted on May 5th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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ARBoston Public Library President Amy Ryan has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a term which begins in July and is effective for two years. The Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) develops systems to share digital content from American libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other community centers in a centralized, online environment. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more.

“Amy’s deep commitment to enabling access and discoverability of Boston’s cultural artifacts transcends across the state and country, and she will be a valuable resource as the Chair of the Digital Public Library of America,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Her leadership and vision ensure our collective history will be preserved and utilized for learners of all ages.” Read more »

Leventhal Map Center Opens New America Revolution Exhibition

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by admin in Media Releases
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maps“We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence” runs May 2 through November 29

After spending more than two years identifying and selecting maps and artifacts, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (Map Center) opens the free exhibition We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence in the McKim Exhibition Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on May 2, running through November 29. We Are One explores the tumultuous events that led 13 colonies to forge a new nation and commemorates the 250th anniversary of American colonial resistance to Britain’s 1765 Stamp Act, a pivotal moment in the chain of events that led to revolution. The exhibition features 60 maps and 40 prints, paintings, and objects selected from 20 partner institutions, including the British Library, Library of Congress, and private collectors, telling the story of our nation’s founding.

“This exhibition can change the way people look at the Revolutionary War,” said Jan Spitz, executive director of the Map Center. “Many rare and historically significant materials have never been exhibited before; this will be a whole new experience for students, educators, history buffs, and everyone who is fascinated with our country’s roots.” Read more »