Amy Ryan to Headline Dec. 3 Women’s Forum

November 25, 2013

Amy E. Ryan, the first woman to serve as president of the Boston Public Library, will speak at the December 3 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women.

Since assuming the position in 2008, Ryan has worked to keep the BPL at the forefront in both research and service delivery at the neighborhood level, and to advance the premier library system that welcomes people from all over the world by responding to the changing needs of library users. Known for her unwavering dedication and commitment to all citizens, she values partnerships and collaborates with schools, universities, youth organizations, senior centers, literacy groups and others.

Ryan has over 35 years of public library management experience. Before being named to lead the BPL, she was the director of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that, she served in leadership positions for over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library. Her experience encompasses management positions in community libraries, central library subject departments, special collections, capital projects and building improvements, and communications and partnerships.

She is on the national Steering Committee of the Digital Public Library of America, a groundbreaking project that seeks to digitize and bring together the contents of American libraries and archives, and make them freely available online.

President Ryan also serves on several boards including the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Associates of the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries Visiting Committee, the Back Bay Association, and Boston After School & Beyond. She is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, one of which is a 2007 city of Minneapolis resolution honoring and thanking her for the consolidation of city and suburban libraries. In 2004, Ms. Ryan was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Special Award.

During Ryan’s leadership tenure, the BPL has earned several prestigious national awards for its programming, public service, and well-designed spaces. Recognition came from the American Association for State and Local History, the International Interior Design Association, the American institute of Architects, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and several divisions of the American Library Association.

She has studied at the Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota. Formerly a Beacon Hill resident, Ryan currently lives in Brookline and is the parent of two grown children.

The meeting, which includes appetizers and a cash bar, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hampshire House. There is an annual $50 joining fee and $20 charge for each meeting. For more information email Members may register online at Members may also register on that site.

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