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Ginnie Cooper Named to Head D.C. Public Library

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library Executive Director Ginnie Cooper has been selected to head District of Columbia Public Library, which is about to embark on a major refurbishing, including construction of a new central library and renovation of branches.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to join the D.C. Public Library at a time when so many exciting changes are on the horizon,” said Cooper. “Providing all library patrons with equal access to the best quality of services has been my passion for more than 30 years. I look forward to working with the board of trustees and library staff to create a world-class, state-of-the-art library system that offers innovative programming and services to the citizens of Washington, D.C.”

“Ginnie Cooper is a nationally recognized and respected leader of urban library systems,” said DCPL board President John W. Hill Jr. “In every city she has served she has put library patrons first and knows how to deliver the best in 21st century library services. She has a proven track record in programs and collections, technology, capital construction, fundraising, management, and community involvement and the board is confident that great things will happen at DCPL with Ginnie at its helm.”

A DCPL press release stated that Cooper’s appointment “is symbolic of the library transformation efforts proposed as a result of Mayor [Anthony A.] Williams’ Blue Ribbon Task Force to address the neglect and disrepair the D.C. Public Library System has experienced over decades of insufficient funding.”

Cooper has been at Brooklyn Public Library since 2003. Before that she served as director of Multnomah County Public Library in Portland, Oregon (which is currently headed by Molly Raphael, who served as director of DCPL from 1998 to 2003).

Posted May 19, 2006.