TITLE: Transforming the Urban Public Library
SPEAKER: Molly Raphael
EVENT DATE: 2003/04/18
RUNNING TIME: 76 minutes
The director of the District of Columbia Public Library spoke about urban public libraries all across North America experiencing a great renaissance, as individuals and communities rediscover these centers of lifelong learning.
Speaker Biography: Molly Raphael was appointed Director of the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) in February 1998. She is only the second woman to hold this position in more than 100 years. Since joining the DCPL in 1970 as assistant children?s librarian in a branch library, she has held a variety of progressively responsible positions with the DCPL before her appointment as Director. She has been an active member of the 65,000-member American Library Association (ALA) for 30 years, serving on many committees and boards. She is currently serving on the ALA Executive Board. Her professional activities also have included president of the District of Columbia Library Association and co-founder of ALA?s library service to the deaf section in 1976. She is a member of the Urban Libraries Council, Freedom to Read Foundation, Friends of Libraries USA and OCLC Public Library Advisory Committee. She is a member of the 2001 Class of Leadership Washington and serves on the DC Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. Raphael was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in Western Pennsylvania, as the third oldest of four children. She holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College (psychology major) and a master?s degree in library science from Simmons College.
SERIES: Luminary Lectures