As president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, Linda E. Johnson leads one of the nation’s most historic and most innovative library systems. Founded in the late nineteenth century, BPL serves more than one million patrons in 59 locations; one-quarter of its branches are more than 100 years old. The Library is one of the largest publicly-funded civic institutions in New York City, with an annual operating budget of $119 million and a physical plant of more than one million square feet. Its annual attendance, 8.7 million in 2016, nearly equals that of the city’s eight professional sports franchises combined.
Linda has overseen the transformation of BPL from an analog to a modern library with state-of-the-art technology available for free to all patrons, including the 33% of Brooklyn residents who do not have internet access at home. Brooklyn Public Library has become the borough’s largest provider of free wireless internet and has invested in more than 1,500 laptop and desktop computers that are available for free to the public. Linda and her team have worked with the Library’s partners in the public sector to ensure that each branch has a baseline level of technology, with at least one full-time staff member dedicated to helping patrons access the Library’s digital programs and equipment.
Under Linda’s leadership, the Library’s presence and impact in the community have expanded beyond the confines of its 59 branches. BPL now hosts collections at nearly 200 off-site locations and provides services in 552 outreach sites, including schools, homeless shelters, senior centers and correctional facilities. The Library’s Outreach Services Department, founded in 2013, has developed new and nationally recognized resources for immigrants, seniors, veterans, the incarcerated, the homebound and other vulnerable or marginalized patrons. In 2016, Brooklyn Public Library was awarded the nation’s highest honor for libraries, the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ National Medal, in recognition of its extraordinary community outreach.
In 2015, Brooklyn Public Library joined its sister systems, the New York Public Library and Queens Library, in advocating successfully for increased funding from the city to provide citywide six-day library service for the first time in a decade. Along with its increased hours, BPL was able to hire nearly 100 new librarians and devote more resources to the maintenance of its four-million-item collection. The Library’s private fundraising has increased steadily under Linda’s leadership, and she has streamlined BPL’s operations through initiatives such as BookOps, a partnership with New York Public Library to consolidate collections management operations and provide faster, more dependable service to branches and patrons.
Prior to being named president and CEO of BPL in August 2011, Linda served as president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, CEO of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and president of JCI Data, a privately held information services and database management provider. She sits on the executive committees of Hamilton College, Sing for Hope and the Curtis Institute of Music and is an advisory director on the board of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lisa Rosenblum, Director and Chief Librarian
Since joining Brooklyn Public Library as director and chief librarian in July 2015, Lisa Rosenblum’s focus has been improving patrons’ experiences at BPL, expanding services to the community and ensuring that Library staff have the tools they need to reach their full potential.
Lisa moved to Brooklyn after managing libraries in the Silicon Valley area for 25 years. Most recently, she was the director of library and community services for the City of Sunnyvale, California, where she installed RFID technology, directed the Sunnyvale Patent and Trademark Resource Center and focused on bringing technology to underserved populations. Hers was the first library in California to make 3D printers available to the public, and she developed a series of mother-daughter coding camps to encourage girls to pursue careers in technology. Prior to her time in Sunnyvale, Lisa was the director of library and neighborhood services for the City of Hayward, California.
Lisa earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She teaches a master’s-level course on strategic leadership at the Pratt Institute School of Information in Manhattan. Lisa is a Metropolitan New York Library Council trustee.
- Sheila Schofer, Director of Neighborhood Services
- Jesse Montero, Director, Central Library
- Angie Miraflor, Director, Customer Experience
- Judy Zuckerman, Director, Youth & Family Services
- Nick Higgins, Director, Adult & Outreach Services
- Kerwin Pilgrim, Director, Literacy & Adult Learning
Brett Robinson, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration
Brett Robinson joined the Library in 2013 as the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration. In this role, Brett manages the operations of the Library, with reporting areas including Finance, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, Real Estate, Human Resources, Information Technology and Safety. He and his team ensure the Library has the financial, physical and human capital resources needed to deliver excellent library service for our patrons.
Prior to his role with the Library, Brett was the Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration for the City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, where he helped develop the City's enterprise-level approach to technology management, including constructing a 1.2 megawatt datacenter and creating a Citywide IT vendor management program. Previous to that, Brett worked for the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget, developing a $1.5 billion capital program to support greenhouse gas reducing infrastructure projects.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Master's of Public Administration from New York University.
- Amadu Wagie, Vice President, Finance
- Lawrence Jennings, Vice President, Human Resources
- John McEnrue, Vice President Capital Planning & Facilities Management
- Steven Gold, Vice President, Public Safety & Custodial and Office Services
- Selvon Smith, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
- Kristie Maduro, Director, Capital Finance & Real Estate Services
David Woloch, Executive Vice President, External Affairs
David Woloch joined Brooklyn Public Library as executive vice president of external affairs in 2012 after a distinguished career in city government. David oversees the Library’s government and community relations, development, marketing and communications departments. He and his team have succeeded in increasing the institution’s operating and capital budgets through increased investment from the city and from private donors. As a result, all public libraries in Brooklyn are now open at least six days per week and are offering more programs to more people than at any point in the Library’s recent history.
David served in a variety of positions in city government, most recently as a deputy commissioner with the Department of Transportation, a post he held for 12 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
- Lexy Mayers, Chief Development Officer
- Michele Bonan, Vice President, Government & Community Affairs
- Robin Lester Kenton, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Story K. Bellows, Chief Innovation & Performance Officer
David Giles, Chief Strategy Officer
Lexy Mayers, Chief Development Officer
Jakab Orsos, Vice President, Arts & Culture
Selvon Smith, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Chloe Wasserman, General Counsel
FY2017 Board Meeting Dates
- September 20, 2017 (Brooklyn Heights Interim Library at 8:30am)
- October 24, 2017
- December 12, 2017 (Dyker Library)
- February 27, 2018
- April 24, 2018
- June 26, 2018
Brooklyn Public Library's governing body is the Board of Trustees, consisting of 38 members all serving in non-salaried positions.
The Mayor and the Brooklyn Borough President each appoint 11 trustees. Twelve additional members are elected to serve on the board. The Mayor, City Comptroller, Speaker of the City Council and Brooklyn Borough President are ex-officio members of the board. All trustees, except ex-officio members, serve three-year terms.
Meetings of the Board of Trustees are held at 5:30pm in the Trustees Room, Central Library, unless otherwise noted.
Brooklyn Public Library Board of Trustees 2017-2018
Jordan Barowitz —Vice Chair
Nicholas A. Gravante, Jr.—Chair
Miriam Katowitz—Vice Chair
Gino P. Menchini
Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin
Robin Shanus—Vice Chair
Dr. Lucille C. Thomas
Antonia Yuille Williams
Ex-Officio Members & Designated Representatives
Hon. Bill de Blasio
Mayor of the City of New York
Represented by Rachel Lauter
Hon. Eric Adams
President of the Borough of Brooklyn
Represented by Ingrid Lewis-Martin
Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito
Speaker of the New York City Council
Represented by Reginald D. Shell
Hon. Scott M. Stringer
Comptroller of the City of New York
Represented by Gregory Davidzon
Articles of Incorporation