May 17, 2022

Rhode Island: Providence Public Library Appoints New Executive Director

From the Providence Public Library:

The Providence Public Library (PPL) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of H. Jack Martin, MLIS, as the Library’s next Executive Director upon the retirement of current Library Director Dale Thompson.  Martin will begin on January 13, 2014.

Martin comes to the private, independent PPL with diverse library experiences over nearly 25 years, including 11 years at New York Public Library (NYPL) where he held a number of positions ultimately serving as Assistant Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning.  In his years at NYPL, Martin oversaw cultural and educational programming for adults, teens and children in the system’s 90 citywide branches.  His work there included developing and implementing innovative digital media and online programs, an area of continued interest in his most recent position as Associate Director of the Online Leadership Program for Global Kids, Inc., a New York-based nonprofit.  In this position, he was responsible for organizational development and fundraising.  In addition, Martin is the Immediate Past President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Martin holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens, and an MLIS from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.


Outgoing director Dale Thompson is retiring after nearly 34 years with PPL – 25 as director.  During her leadership, the private, independent PPL has achieved numerous successes and has been continuously recognized as a leading library, most notably becoming only the second urban library to receive the IMLS National Award for Library Service in 2001 in recognition of work to transform PPL’s branch library system into a vibrant community resource during the 1990s.

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