LISTen: The Podcast -- Episode #44

This week's episode brings an interview cross continents about censorship. The censorship case happens to be happening in Australia. An anti-censorship activist, Michael Meloni, was interviewed about the matter as inquiries to the Australian government department concerned went unanswered. Electronic Frontiers Australia has presented online a background review of the issue.

A book also received a brief review.


Please interview the new president of our Boston Public Library!...

See also

Korn/Ferry International

Candidate Report on
Amy E. Ryan
Boston Public Library

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1975 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MA, Library Science

1972 Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota

Professional Awards and Recognitions

Honored with a Resolution of the City of Minneapolis honoring
the consolidation of city and suburban libraries, thanking
Committee co-chair Amy Ryan for "her critical service," and
recognizing the Committee's
"hard work, clarity of vision and commitment to a bright
and sustainable future for the library system," 2007

Recipient of The American Institute of Architects' Special Award for
"unwavering dedication to an architectural vision and the
community design process," 2004

Honored with a Resolution of the City of Minneapolis,
"Recognizing Amy Ryan for her service at the Minneapolis Public
Library and for the citizens of Minneapolis," 2004

Recipient of Minnesota Library Association Certificate of Merit,
"In recognition of noteworthy contributions to libraries in the
State of Minnesota....Amy's positive spirit in these difficult
budget constraints illuminates all who come in contact with
her. She is an asset to the library community," 2003

Honored by the Minneapolis Board of Trustees for
"Your imagination in reinventing Pierre Bottineau Library,"

Recent awards accepted on behalf of Hennepin County Library

"Local Government Innovation Award" from the Hubert Humphrey
Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, for the
library merger, 2008

"Award of Honor and Outstanding Achievement" from the Minnesota
Safety Council, 2008

"Technology Solutions Award" from Public Technology Institute
for "BookSpace," an online reader's advisory resource, 2007

"Acts of Caring Achievement Award" from the National
Association of Counties for at-home services, 2007

"Achievement Award for 55+ Age Well, Live Smart" program from
the National Association of Counties, 2007

"National Association of Counties Achievement Award" of
Libraries Plus You!, a truancy intervention initiative, 2006

"Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year: Special Mention,"

Preservation Alliance Award Winner, Pierre Bottineau Library,

Best of Twin Cities: Best Neighborhood Library, Linden Hills,
"merging seven decades of service tradition with twenty-first
century library science, it's a community resource of the most
civilized kind.: Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, 2003

Best Library: Hosmer,
"A community aesthetically, educationally and
financially satisfying experience," City Pages, 2002

Best Library Project, Hosmer Library, 1992-2000, Neighborhood
Revitalization Program, Neighborhoods Conference, 2001

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Boston Public Library in conjunction with a search for a

It is recommended that circulation be limited to designated
executives concerned with the candidate selection process.

The information contained herein has been voluntarily provided
by Amy E. Ryan and is subject to verification by Korn/Ferry

Career Details

2005 to Present
Hennepin County Library
Minneapolis, Minnesota
A nationally recognized public library system, the
Hennepin County Library serves one million residents
in Minneapolis and 46 suburbs and includes the
Central Library (a 363,000 square foot facility,
completed 2006) and 40 neighborhood and regional
libraries with a collection of 5 million items including
historic archives and special collections.

. Overall responsibility for this library system, which saw
record-breaking usage in 2007

o Sixteen million books, CDs and DVDs borrowed
(an average of 15 books for every County citizen).

o Online services with a volume of 17 million visits to the website

o 800,000 active library card holders
(100,000+ new registrants).

o Extensive community outreach to new Americans, childcares
and schools, seniors, small businesses, at home clients,
teens, incarcerated people and others.

Accomplishments and responsibilities include:
Library Merger
. Directed and co-chaired a merger of the suburban Hennepin
County Library (26 libraries) with the city's Minneapolis
Public Library (Central Library and 14 community libraries),
effective January 1, 2008.

The consolidation required approvals from the State
Legislature, the County Board, City Council, and an elected
city Library Board.

Full integration of staff, resources and management structure

. Recently honored with the "Local Government Innovation Award"
from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of

21st Century Library Vision:
. Provides leadership in development of a vision statement and
strategic direction for library services in concert with the
County Board of Commissioners, an appointed Library Board,
municipal officials, staff and the public resulting in core
documents: "Framework for the Future, Hennepin County
Library's Planning Principles" and a 15 year capital plan
incorporating state of the art design, technological
advances, facility flexibility and sustainable architecture.

External Relationships:
. Directs and fosters high-level collaborations with the
Library Foundation and Library Friends, educational
institutions, school districts, corporate partners, the
philanthropic community, community organizations and other
governmental jurisdictions.

. Leverages public funding through private and public
partnerships to broaden the impact of library services.

. Serves on the Library Foundation Board of Directors, the
Minneapolis Athenaeum advisory committee, and other related

Neighborhood Libraries and Outreach:
. Oversight of the Library's 40 neighborhood and area
libraries, establishing standards for ongoing success in
light of new audiences, population changes and growth.

. Responsible for innovative outreach services including
readmobile services to childcares, school collaborations,
tech, career and literacy centers, world language
collections, and programs for new Americans.

Administrative Responsibilities:
. Oversight of a $60 million annual operating budget ensuring
resources reflect Board-approved priorities.

. Works with staff to streamline operations through innovation,
efficiencies and technology.

. Oversight of library capital projects resulting in
architectural awards and community honors.

. Provides leadership and commitment to excellence for an
award-winning staff of 800 full time equivalents with 65%
union employees.

. Active participation in Labor Management Committees for
AFSCME support staff and librarians.

. Actively committed to a diverse workforce and to employee
engagement at all levels.

1976 to 2005
Minneapolis Public Library
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Prior to its merger with the Hennepin County Library
on January 1, 2008, the Minneapolis Public Library
and Information Center (MPL) was a library system
consisting of a central downtown facility and 14

It was founded as the Minneapolis Athenaeum in 1860.

In 2004, the collection numbered
about 3.1 million items with about 2.2 million of these
housed in the central library.

2000 to 2005
Director, Community Partnerships and Development
. Senior Administrator responsible for two major areas:

. Partnerships, fundraising and programs including,
relationship-building with corporations, non-profits,
community groups and other government units to enhance
services, and secure funding and revenue streams.

. Community library capital projects management from
architecture selection and design through to grand openings
and post occupancy assessments; providing administrative
direction and quality control of $40 million in referendum
and City funds accomplishing award-winning results.

1995 to 2000
Chief, Community Libraries
. Principal administrator of 14 community libraries, three
technology and literacy centers, a bookmobile and
library-wide youth services.

. Library Board's representative in City and community

. Leader of planning for services, technology, and facilities.

. Promoted diversity in staff and services.

1988 to 1995
Assistant Manager/Manager, Central Library Humanities Division
. Directed and managed staff, collections, electronic
access/resources, public services, adult learning and budget
including collection analysis and retention policies.

. Enhanced public services and customer-driven initiatives.

. Strengthened world languages collection.

1986 to 1987
Librarian/Archivist, Central Library Special Collections
. Responsible for selection, use and preservation of local
history materials; provided research and reference services,
and acted as a liaison with the City's preservation and local
history constituencies.

1982 to 1985
District Librarian, Community Libraries
. Managed staff, public service, reference and collections of
community libraries throughout Minneapolis including services
to diverse populations.

1979 to 1982
Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Learning
. Managed a $363,000 precedent-setting NEH project of
humanities-based public lifelong learning programs including
marketing, publicity and learning materials.

1976 to 1979
Head Librarian, INFORM
. Managed an innovative fee-based business research service
with a client base of corporations, professionals, start-up
and small businesses, and individuals.

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August 2008
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Now that our new library administrator is setting a course and transition to a revamped administration please take another look into our cities' public libraries' policies with respect to DRM digital restrictions management...

VOTED: unanimously that the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston extend an offer to Ms. Amy E. Ryan as President of the Boston Public Library

Were you a part of the group that protested the BPL for using DRM-protected materials?

Let me think about it. Any particular areas of interest you are curious about with the new head of BPL?
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