NYPL Names a New Director

Brian Bannonthe current head of the Chicago Public Librarywill be the first Merryl and James Tisch Director of the New York Public Library, overseeing 88 neighborhood branches while charged with developing and growing the education strategy and programs of the country's largest public library system.

Brian Bannon, currently the commissioner and chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Library, was named the first Meryl and James Tisch Director of The New York Public Library (NYPL) at the Board of Trustees meeting today. He will start in September. 

This new position, made possible by a $20 million gift from the Tisches, is an expanded leadership role with responsibilities not only for overseeing the city's 88 neighborhood branches but also to develop and grow NYPL's educational strategy and programs.

“The Library’s focus on education—supporting the city’s efforts, building a culture of learning, and offering accessible, quality programming—has been strong, and we believe under Brian’s leadership and with his vision it will only get stronger and have even more impact,” NYPL president Anthony W. Marx said in a statement.

Read NYPL's full press release below:


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