Big News on the Directorship Front

May 30th, 2013

Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian of the D.C. Public Library since 2006 has announced her plan to retire by the end of 2013. In addition to directing the library system in the nation's capital, Ginnie's legendary career includes the directorships of Brooklyn Public Library (NY), Multnomah County Library (OR) and Alameda County Library (CA).  

Ginnie_Cooper_DCPLDuring her tenure in D.C., Ginnie has presided over a $153 million remaking of the District's public library system. The District's city council recently enacted a budget that includes two major library initiatives: a major expansion of library hours and the commitment of $103 million to rebuild the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Ginnie's long-standing commitment to ULC includes two separate tenures as a member of the Executive Board.
Announcing her retirement to fellow ULC Directors this week, Ginnie writes, "ULC has been my professional home for many years. Thank you for helping me understand the questions and giving me answers. Thank you for all we have learned together. Being part of this community is a great gift."

Congratulations to John Spears, newly appointed Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library, UT. John is currently Executive Director of the Naperville Public Library, IL and has served in various leadership and public services roles in libraries John_Spears_Salt_Lake_City_PLsince 1998.  

Announcing the appointment, Kevin Werner, Library Board President said, "Library staff and Board members alike were inspired by John's vision and his leadership in redefining the role that libraries play in their communities. Through collaboration and partnerships, he has demonstrated how libraries can reach populations not typically served by traditional library services and embody the aspirations of their communities."