Mary Frances Cooper

President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

As the 11th President and Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Mary Frances Cooper, MLS, champions the changing and increasingly important role of libraries in society, leads new efforts to secure avenues for sustainable funding and works to strengthen the Library's relationships with key community partners. She has held this position since 2012.

A nationally recognized library leader, Cooper served as the Library's Deputy Director for nearly four years prior to becoming President and Director. In this role she oversaw Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main and Neighborhood Library Services and also directed support services supplied by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to 44 independent libraries in Allegheny County. In 2011, Cooper collaborated with community advocates to propel Our Library, Our Future, a voter initiative that raises more than $4 million annually for library service, to successful completion, often serving as the initiative's spokesperson to the community and media.

Cooper has worked in all facets of library service and has distinct experience in the operations of urban public libraries. She has serves as Deputy Director, Public Services, Branch Libraries for New York Public Library (NY), Chief of the Central Library at Minneapolis Public Library (MN) and Assistant Director of the Louisville Free Public Library (KY).

Cooper is the current chair of the board of the Electronic Information Network (EIN), which provides network and computer integration services to all libraries within Allegheny County. She is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association and Pennsylvania Library Association. She holds a M.S., Library Service from Columbia University School of Library Service and a M. Ed., Community Counseling from the University of Louisville.