The Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Board of Trustees on Tuesday named Linda E. Johnson as president and chief executive officer. Johnson is the first person to hold the library’s newly created top position.
According to BPL, Johnson’s mission is to transform the library “to serve a digital-age population at a time when the demand for library services is at its highest level in history and traditional library models are being displaced by new technologies.”
While that sounds like a daunting task, Johnson appears well-suited to the job.
She has served as interim executive director since July 2010 and helped the library begin a “data-driven” approach to re-evaluating and significantly expanding its services.
According to BPL, she led an “aggressive” re-assessment of library hours, resulting in more than half of the library’s 60 branches offering six-day service (and an average of 43 hours of service per week across the entire system), far more than what was anticipated under the current budget. She also successfully advocated for support of the library’s heavily used programs in city budget hearings.