Carnegie Library names Cooper as new leader
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh board has announced the hiring of Mary Frances Cooper as president and director to lead the 19-branch system during financially troubled times.
Cooper, deputy director since 2008, was one of three acting co-directors who led the system after Barbara K. Mistick resigned as president and director in May. Mistick became president of Wilson College in Chambersburg on July 1.
Lou Testoni, chairman of the Carnegie Library's Board of Trustees, said the board and search committee unanimously picked Cooper to lead the system. Cooper previously worked at public libraries in New York, Minneapolis and Louisville, Ky.
"Mary Frances is a respected library professional whose experience in urban library management will help catapult Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh into the next chapter of its history," he said in a prepared statement. "Throughout the search process, her qualifications in community leadership, planning and facilitation stood out as skills that will benefit the library greatly as we begin to plan strategically for the future."
She received a two-year contract starting at $170,000 a year with an option for a third year.
Two years ago, the board voted to close four branches because of rising expenses and a drastic cut in state revenue, but took that plan off the shelf in the wake of community resistance.
The board yesterday approved a 2012 operating budget of nearly $27.9 million that includes a 2.5 percent increase from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, increased gaming revenue and a conservative estimate of $3 million from the recently passed city library tax.
The annual public meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the Lecture Hall of the Carnegie Library in Oakland.
Community meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next year on the following dates: April 23 at the Downtown and Business branch, April 24 at the Homewood Library, April 25 at the Knoxville Library, May 1 at the West End Library, May 2 at the Squirrel Hill Library and May 3 at the Woods Run Library.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.