May 18, 2022

Japan: Boston Public Library President Delivers Lecture at National Diet Library (Transcript/Slides)

From the National Diet Library Newsletter:

On October 2, 2012, Ms. Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library (BPL), gave a lecture “Fulfilling the Public Library’s 21st Century Potential: The Power of a Strategic Plan” in the Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library (NDL). The event was relayed to the Kansai-kan of the NDL and about 120 people, quite a few of them public librarians themselves, were in attendance.

With over 35 years of public library management experience, Ms. Ryan became the first female president of the BPL in 2008; and led the development of the BPL’s strategic plan – known as the “BPL Compass.” Before being named to lead the BPL, she was the Director of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota from 2005 to 2008, and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Digital Public Library of America.

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