Introducing the new director of the Brooklyn Public Library, Profile of Dionne Mack-Harvin, a long-time employee of the system.
She grew up in Harlem in a single-parent household best described as book-deprived, but was raised to know college was mandatory. She attended the SUNY College at Brockport and was the first in her family to graduate from college. After receiving a MLS degree from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, she took a bottom-rung librarian's job at the Brooklyn library in 1996. She figured she would last a year. Instead, she stayed on through a decade of rapid promotions because, she says, when you work in a library, "at the end of the day you can go home knowing you've done something good." From the New York Times.