Madison Public Library Director to Retire

Friday, December 30, 2011 - 4:15am

Madison Public Library Director Barbara Dimick announced today that she will retire effective February 24, 2012. Ms. Dimick has been an employee of Madison Public Library (MPL) for 35 years, including 15 as Director.

During Ms. Dimick's tenure as Director, MPL has opened a new branch library, the Alicia Ashman branch on Madison's west side, expanded two branches, upgraded three branches, and opened the new 20,000 square foot Sequoya Branch and the new Goodman South Madison Branch to replace aging outdated facilities. MPL is also in the process of developing a new three-year strategic plan to enable the library system to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

"Madison has been extremely fortunate to have had Barb Dimick as a dedicated employee for 35 years," said Mayor Paul Soglin. "The changing technology of the library system and changing demographics of the city have made her job as Library Director very challenging but she has been a great leader. She will be missed, but we wish her all the best in retirement."

Susan Lee, Library Business Operations Manager, will serve as interim Library Director, subject to Library Board approval, which is expected next week. The Madison Public Library Board plans to conduct a national search for the new director.


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