Before becoming Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library
in 2012, Brian had leadership roles in San Francisco and Seattle public
libraries. He is credited with having a freshness of perspective and
high level knowledge with the technologies that are reshaping library
services. In 2009 the Library Journal honored him with their
“Movers and Shakers” award.
Who better to sit down with Brian than Caxtonian Peggy Sullivan, an
important figure in the library world and whose many leadership roles
have included Chicago Public Library Assistant Commissioner (1977-1981)
and Executive Director of the American Library Association (1992-1994).
Come and hear answers to such questions as: any surprise(s) since you
took office? With a system of 80 libraries, serving 2.6 million
residents, how do you, (or do you), prioritize your services? What
changes are you considering, especially in the use of new media? The
$64,000 question: are public libraries still relevant, and if so, are
they to be relevant in the future?
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