Toronto Public Library announced today that its head staffer, city librarian Jane Pyper, will step down from her post in June. A search for Pyper’s replacement will begin at the library board’s upcoming meeting on March 24, according to a press release.
“I am proud of the work that has been accomplished by the Toronto Public Library in recent years. It is the result of joint efforts by the board, library staff, the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and the many community partners who have all contributed to the vision and reality of a busy, successful and great library that serves a great city,” Pyper says in the release. “I have enjoyed my time at the library immensely and look forward to contributing to the life of this city in other ways.”
Pyper, who assumed the role of city librarian in 2008, joined the public library in North York in 1983, prior to its 1998 amalgamation with Metro Toronto. Under her leadership the TPL’s ebook and digital magazine lending has grown by nearly 1,300 per cent since 2009, and it has opened the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon for cultural and literary programming, increased its children and youth services, and laid the groundwork for two new branches, Fort York and Scarborough Civic Centre, bringing the system to 100 locations.