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Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee Announces Listening Sessions

November 19, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

BOSTON - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee will host two listening sessions in the coming weeks. The sessions on Monday, November 30 and Saturday, December 12 will be an opportunity for the community to share their thoughts on what qualities they believe the next leader of the Boston Public Library (BPL) should have in an open and conversational forum. Additional listening sessions in neighborhoods across the city will be added and announced as the BPL Presidential Search continues.  

"The inaugural listening session at the Mattapan Branch provided information that will contribute to how the Search Committee evaluates candidates for the position of BPL President," said John Palfrey, Chair of the BPL Presidential Search Committee. "It's very important to hear from a diversity of voices, and I encourage Bostonians to be a part of this process."  

The listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. - Brighton Branch of the BPL, 40 Academy Hill Rd
  • Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. - Central Library in Copley Square, Commonwealth Salon, 700 Boylston St

For those who are unable to attend a listening session, the public is encouraged to tweet comments at the Boston Public Library Twitter handle via @bplboston and at Presidential Search Committee Chair John Palfrey at @jpalfrey. In addition, comments can be submitted via SearchChair@bpl.org.

The Boston Public Library Presidential Search Committee is charged with locating, recruiting, interviewing, and evaluating top candidates for the position of BPL President in conjunction with executive search firm, Spencer Stuart.