SLIS Welcomes Amy Ryan, Advisor in Residence

October 29, 2015

Amy Ryan

Ryan brings 35 years of management experience to the position

Dean Eileen Abels is pleased to welcome Amy Ryan to SLIS for a one year appointment as Advisor in Residence, which began October 1.  

“Amy brings invaluable experience and enthusiasm to Simmons,” said Abels.  “Her expertise will enhance the student experience through activities such as career advising and guest lectures for the SLIS community.”

Amy Ryan has over 35 years of public library management experience. From 2008 to 2015, she was the president of Boston Public Library (BPL), providing leadership to one of the most comprehensive library systems in the country. Prior to her role at the BPL, Ryan served in leadership positions for over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library culminating in the directorship of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota, which serves one million residents with a system of 41 libraries.

Ryan is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 Resolution of the City of Minneapolis for the consolidation of city and suburban libraries, and an American Institute of Architects Special Award honoring her contribution to library design. Most recently, she was selected by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as the first ever recipient of the Samuel Swett Green Award, to be presented at the MBLC's 125th anniversary celebration on November 5, 2015 at the Massachusetts State House.  She serves on numerous boards, and chairs the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America, which makes the contents of the country’s libraries, archives, and museums freely available to the world online. 

Amy Ryan studied at the Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany, holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.