Pittsburgh: Carnegie Library Names Cooper as New Leader

Posted on December 15, 2011 by

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

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.

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.

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