May 16, 2022

Jill Bourne, Felton Thomas, and Elaine Westbrooks Appointed to DPLA Board of Directors; Denise Stephens Appointed Chair

From Digital Public Library of America (DPLA):

The Digital Public Library of America today announced the appointment of three nationally-recognized library leaders to its board of directors. Jill Bourne, city librarian for San José, California; Felton Thomas, director of the Cleveland Public Library; and Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost of University Libraries and university librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, were each elected to three-year terms. The board has also elected Denise Stephens, vice provost and university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, as chair. Stephens has served on DPLA’s board since 2016.

“Jill, Felton and Elaine bring decades of experience as library leaders to our work,”  said DPLA Executive Director John Bracken. “Their additions, and Denise’s elevation, are well-timed to help DPLA deliver on our mission to ensure equitable access to America’s cultural riches for all.”

“It’s a privilege to be the chair of DPLA at this important time in its history,” said newly elected board chair, Denise Stephens. “After having recently renewed our commitment to access, equity and innovation, DPLA is well prepared and positioned to continue enhancing our services and expanding our partnerships.”

Departing chair Brian Bannon will, with previous chair Amy Ryan, develop an emeritus board that will advise the organization in its future growth.

Read the Complete Announcement (Includes Bios of New Board Members)

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