June 14, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees President Thomas Amon announced today the appointment of Dionne Mack-Harvin as the Interim Executive Director for Brooklyn Public Library, an independent New York City public library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. The appointment of Ms. Mack-Harvin to the Interim Executive Director position follows the resignation of Executive Director Ginnie Cooper. Ms. Cooper, who is leaving BPL to head up DC Public Library, will officially leave her post at BPL at the end of June 2006.

"I’ve worked closely with Dionne and know that she will bring a strong commitment to managing the organization during this transition," said Ms. Cooper. "I'm pleased that she is in place to continue to provide the people of Brooklyn access to their libraries and high-quality programs and services offered at BPL."

Ms. Mack-Harvin, who has served as BPL's Chief of Staff for the past year, will officially assume the interim post on July 7, 2006. She began her career at BPL in 1996 as a librarian at Crown Heights Library. Ms. Mack-Harvin quickly advanced to the position of Assistant Branch Librarian, and since then, she has held several key positions at BPL, including Branch Manager and Regional Librarian. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, she was the Director of the Central Library. Ms. Mack-Harvin has an educational background in History, African and African-American Studies, and Library and Information Science. She received her Master of Arts in Africana Studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York and her Master of Library Science in Information Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.

"I'm proud to have been selected for this position and am thrilled to work closely with the Board to continue the outstanding work that we do at BPL," said Ms. Mack-Harvin. "I will be working with a great team of people, who are committed to the Library."

While Ms. Mack-Harvin provides interim leadership, the Board and an external search firm will work to identify the permanent Executive Director for BPL. This national search will provide BPL with a wide-range of top-ranking management for the permanent position.

"We're happy to welcome Ms. Mack-Harvin as the Interim Executive Director," said Board President Mr. Amon. "With her background and experience, I'm confident that she is ready to meet the challenges of our organization head on. Dionne has the full support of the Board."

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