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Interim president David Leonard says the Boston Public Library will move ahead on its planned improvement including the areas of collections management and security. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Interim president David Leonard says the Boston Public Library will move ahead on its planned improvement including the areas of collections management and security. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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Today, the Boston Public Library announced their new interim president — and they didn't have to go far. David Leonard, picked to lead the 167-year-old institution, is currently the library's director of administration and technology.

Current president Amy Ryan will be stepping down this July. She announced her resignation last month, after it was learned that two works of art had gone missing from the library, though they were later found.

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David Leonard, interim president, Boston Public Library. He tweets @DLeonard.

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  • Leonard will replace Amy Ryan, a celebrated career librarian who resigned under fire earlier this month after two valuable pieces of artwork went missing for more than a year and she endured withering criticism from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his administration.

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  • The incident has brought to light a major problem in an institution that has been trying to keep up with organizing and digitizing its holdings. “The challenge has really been having a single inventory of everything in one place and then also ensuring that we make that fully available online in a digital format to the public,” explains David Leonard, the library’s director of administration and technology.
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