Friday, August 15, 2008

Amy Ryan Offered BPL Prez Job

Hennepin County Library head Amy Ryan has been offered the presidency of the Boston Public Library, the Globe reports today. Ryan was the unanimous choice of the BPL's trustees, who interviewed her (and three other candidates) publicly yesterday. BPL officials announced their decision last night, and Ryan's acceptance is expected today.

As the Globe had reported previously, "The other finalists were former state Senate president Thomas F. Birmingham, former Greenwich, Conn., library director Mario M. Gonzalez, and California state librarian Susan Hildreth."

Anybody want to help pitch in for a flak jacket? She might need one. Or some teflon body armor. I wish her all the best of luck, and I'm glad the trustees took the librarian route here rather than the "managerial." Now we'll have to wait and see what happens.

[Update: Here's a press release from the BPL on Ryan's appointment].