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Mayor Menino Names Laura DeBonis to the Board of Trustees of the BPL

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BostoniaCITY OF BOSTON. Office of the Mayor, Thomas M. Menino 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For More Information: Press Office, (617) 635-4461

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday named Laura DeBonis to the Board of Trustees of the Boston Public Library. Trustees appointed by the Mayor oversee the Boston Public Library, which has an annual budget of about $40 million. Ms. DeBonis joins eight other current board members: Chair Jeffrey B. Rudman, Vice Chair Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Zamawa Arenas, Carol Fulp, John T. Hailer, Paul A. LaCamera, Dennis Lehane, and Byron Rushing.

“Laura DeBonis has a deep understanding of libraries and is a proven business leader who will strengthen the board as the library continues to grow and serve the people of Boston,” Mayor Menino said. “I thank her for this important commitment and am confident she will be an asset to the board.”

“Boston Public Library has a long history of having business and civic leaders serve as trustees,” said Jeffrey B. Rudman, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “In keeping with that time-honored tradition, I welcome Ms. DeBonis to our board.”

Laura DeBonis is a member of the founding Board of Directors for the Digital Public Library of America and serves as the organization’s Secretary and on its governance committee.  In the past, she chaired the Technology Advisory Board for the Internet Safety Technical Task Force at Harvard’s Berkman Center. She served in a variety of management roles at Google, most recently as the Director of Library Partnerships for Google Book Search. Her previous professional work includes web strategy consulting and production for documentary films and multimedia. She is a graduate of Harvard College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Ms. DeBonis will contribute to the Boston Public Library’s success with valuable experience in strategic planning and as a thought leader in creating expanded access to information for all,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library.

Boston Public Library (www.bpl.org) has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, a literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, 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.

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Updated to include John T. Hailer in the list of current BPL Trustees.