January 28, 2022

Washington Post Publishes Editorial About the Work of D.C.’s Chief Librarian, Ginnie Cooper

A couple of weeks ago, the Chief Librarian of the District of Columbia, Ginnie Cooper, announced the she will retire later this year.

Today, the Washington Post praises what she has helped do for D.C.’s public libraries in this editorial.

[Cooper’s] ability to fix things was notable, but far more important was her belief that Washingtonians should expect more than just new light bulbs and elevators that work. She raised the bar on what public libraries should deliver, turning what was widely seen as the nation’s worst system into what is now a model for modern urban libraries.


Of all the statistics chronicling the library’s progress, Ms. Cooper is most proud of the 12,000 young people who each month attend a library program.


It wasn’t always easy going. She faced blow-back when she forced out staff and brought in new managers. Some building ideas met with stiff neighborhood resistance. At times there wasn’t enough money to keep the doors open or expand the collection as much as she would have liked.

Read the Complete Editorial

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.