8/21/11

Linda Johnson to Head BPL

The Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed Linda Johnson as the library's new president and chief executive officer.

Johnson, interim executive director of the BPL since July 2010, will oversee the management and operations of the entire Brooklyn Public Library system.

Johnson, a lawyer, is expected to build on her skills and experience as a manager and successful fundraiser in the not-for-profit sector to enlarge the library's endowment.

Serving Brooklyn’s 2.5 million residents through 60 local branches, the Brooklyn Public Library, the nation's fifth largest, is an independent system, separate from the New York City and Queens libraries.

Local Democratic City Council Member Vinnie Gentile, who chairs the Council's Select Committee on Libraries, praised Johnson for a plan to increase hours at Brooklyn library branches, despite funding constraints.

The BPL begins liquidating branches [Brooklyn Eagle.]

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