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The Boston Public Library has a new president

“The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees selected a new president on Saturday, according to a statement from the library. Jill Bourne, city librarian at the San Jose Public Library, was chosen by the trustees in a unanimous vote, according to the Globe. “Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to the role – from working as a children’s librarian to managing a library system,” Robert Gallery, chair of the board, said in a statement.” (via Boston.com)

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Search for Boston Public Library leader narrows

“The hunt for a permanent president of the Boston Public Library appears to be winding down, with officials planning to narrow the list of candidates within the next two months, John Palfrey, chairman of the library’s presidential search committee, said on Wednesday. “We are still looking at people,’’ Palfrey said in an interview. Palfrey said more than 100 candidates were recruited or submitted applications for the job, which oversees the central library in Copley Square, 24 branches, and 450 employees.” (via The Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library renovation brings Johnson building into the light

“Even Philip Johnson had to admit it: The lobby of his Boston Public Library building didn’t turn out quite right.The renowned architect, who designed the 1972 addition to the library’s Central Branch in Copley Square, confessed his regrets in a 1994 book, writing that last-minute changes by others had undermined his original vision of the library as a grand civic space.“We never did get the entrance straight.” (via The Boston Globe)

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BOSTON LIBRARY RECOVERS STOLEN MAP CREATED IN 1612

“The Boston Public Library has recovered a centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain that was believed stolen from the library more than a decade ago. The library announced Friday that the curator of its map center, Ronald Grim, located the map at a New York City antiques dealer, where it was on sale for $285,000.” (via AP)

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Learn Guitar, Final Cut Pro, Project Management Online Courses Offered Free Through the Boston Public Library

“Today, the Boston Public Library announced that all BPL card holders now have access to more than 300 free online learning classes. The web-based, instructor-led courses from Gale Courses, are six-week classes for personal and professional development, some with accreditation, and covering topics ranging from project management to guitar from grant writing to programs like Excel and cutting-edge video editing software Final Cut Pro X. “The Boston Public Library was founded on the principle of ‘Free to All, and to serve the advancement of learning,’” said David Leonard, Interim President of the Boston Public Library. “These high-quality courses explore a breadth of topics for both professional and personal development. This is the next stage in the evolution of our educational and innovation mission, and also puts often out of reach skills in the hands of the many job seekers who use the library today.” (via BPL)

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BPL fires employee who oversaw misfiled prints

“The Boston Public Library has quietly fired a longtime employee who had been placed on paid leave as authorities investigated the disappearance of two prints worth more than $600,000 which were later discovered misfiled at the Copley Square branch. Susan Glover, who joined the library staff in 1999 and had served as keeper of special collections since 2007, was notified earlier this month that she had been discharged, according to her lawyers.” (via Boston Globe)

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BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak

“A significant mold outbreak has forced the Boston Public Library to close its Rare Books Department for five to 10 weeks after staff found fuzzy white spores on a medieval manuscript and other prized items in the renowned repository for ancient publications and artifacts. The library routinely battles mold, but has never faced an outbreak “to this scale,” according to Laura Irmscher, the chief of collections strategy. Mold was discovered on a reference book by a staff member Monday in the main library in Copley Square, Irmscher said.” (via Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library’s art in state of neglect, report finds

Historical researcher Margo Burns was stunned three years ago when she discovered four handwritten records at the Boston Public Library from the case of a woman hanged in 1692 during the Salem witchcraft hysteria. The elation felt by Burns and two colleagues turned to panic only days later, when one returned and was told the documents could not be found. After a month of anxious, follow-up questions, the records were rediscovered.” (via Boston Globe)

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Boston Public Library finds missing Rembrandt, Durer prints

“Both rare works of art missing from the Boston Public Library have been found inside the main branch where they were “misfiled,” library President Amy Ryan said today. The art was discovered in the library’s print stacks just 80 feet from where they should have been, Ryan added. “We’re thrilled to have found these treasures right here at home,” Ryan, who announced her resignation yesterday amid the probe, said in a statement. “They were found safe and sound, simply misfiled. BPL is still committed to enhanced security and a full inventory, but today is a day of celebration for the entire team at BPL. (via Boston Herald)

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Boston Public Library boss Amy Ryan resigns

“Amy Ryan, the embattled president of the Boston Public Library, is resigning her post amid swirling questions about the library’s security and a probe into the suspected theft of two pieces of valuable art. “I am choosing to step aside at this time to allow the work of the Boston Public Library to continue without distraction,” Ryan said in a statement released to the Herald. She said she will officially step down on July 3. Ryan’s decision to quit her $195,000-a-year job comes just after hours after she repeatedly told reporters she had no intentions to resign following a heated emergency meeting of the library’s board of trustees.” (via Boston Herald)

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