May 28, 2022

Official Statement: Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan Announces Her Resignation

Along with Amy Ryan’s statement posted below see:

1. Lisa Peet’s Library Journal Article, “Ryan Resigns in Wake of BPL’s Lost Artwork”

2.  Details of  Two “Action Plans” Announced During Today’s Board Meeting, Includes Changes to BPL Public Services)

Ryan has been serving as President of the Boston Public Library since 2008.

Full Text of Statement by Amy Ryan Announcing Her Resignation

“Today I am announcing my resignation, effective July 3, 2015. I am choosing to step aside at this time to allow the work of the Boston Public Library to continue without distraction.

It has been a tremendous honor to serve as President of the Boston Public Library. Together with our library team and the people of Boston, we can be proud of our daily dedication to public service; new and revitalized libraries in Mattapan, Dorchester, East Boston, and Copley Square; a community-driven plan for the future, our Compass; leadership in digital services; and our preeminent collections of distinction.

I deeply appreciate the support shown to me by the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees throughout my tenure. The Trustees are a committed and faithful group of leaders who embody the mission of a public library built by the people and dedicated to the advancement of learning.

I believe as strongly in the mission of the Boston Public Library today as when I arrived from Minnesota nearly eight years ago. I am honored to have contributed to the success of a public library system that is truly free to all and unswervingly committed to serving people of all ages and from all walks of life throughout the City of Boston and the Commonwealth.”

See Also: At the beginning of 2015 Amy Ryan Was Appointed Chair of the DPLA Board of Directors

See Also: Amy Ryan’s Bio (via BPL)

See Also: 2010 Boston Magazine Profile of Amy Ryan: “The Nice Queen”

See Also: 2009 Profile of Amy Ryan (via Boston Globe)

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