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Library CEO Maureen Barry announces retirement

maureen barry ceoBurlington Post article - Feb 21

Earlier this month, Burlington Public Library’s chief executive officer Maureen Barry announced that, after 34 years of service to the Library, she will retire this summer.

Prior to being hired as CEO in April 2009, Ms Barry had a lengthy career at Burlington Public Library, where she first started as the deputy head of the Children’s department in 1984. She held various senior level positions including Children’s department head, manager of Branches, Adult Services department head, and Director of Service Delivery.

“I’m very proud of our library staff and inspired every day by the important and good work we do in our community,” Barry says. “After thirty-eight years in the profession, I still love this work.”

Under her leadership as CEO, Burlington Public Library ranked as a top employer in Halton and was distinguished for its innovative practices, compassionate community services, marketing excellence, and economic contribution to the city of Burlington as a major cultural partner and public service organization.

“I am grateful for the exceptional support I have received from past and current members of the Burlington Public Library Board and from Burlington City Council,” Barry says. “I am confident that Burlington Public Library will always be an essential contributor to the vibrancy of our community.”

Ms Barry will continue to lead the Library as the transition and recruitment process unfolds. The Burlington Public Library Board is contracting an executive search firm to assist with the recruitment process to fill the CEO position.

Library Board chair Nancy Douglas, who has served as a City Council-appointed trustee since 2008, considers Ms Barry a first-rate public servant with an earned reputation for delivering results.

“Our community was extremely well served by Maureen throughout her career, especially during her tenure as CEO. Former Mayor Rob MacIsaac once said: ‘Every great city has a great library.’ And our great library is Maureen’s legacy to Burlington.

It is a testament to her passion for libraries and their limitless possibilities, her dedication to everyone she serves, her commitment to excellence in all things, and her belief that libraries are truly magical places that are alive with ideas, imagination, discovery, and joy.”

On behalf of the Burlington Public Library Board and Library staff, Ms Douglas wishes Maureen Barry many happy and fulfilling years ahead with heartfelt thanks for a job well done.

The Library CEO is responsible for overseeing the operation of the public library system in the city of Burlington, comprising 7 locations with 205 employees, 130 volunteers, and an annual operating budget of over $11M.