Friday, May 19, 2006


Next Executive Director Is Picked

The D.C. Public Library board of trustees yesterday unanimously approved Ginnie Cooper as executive director of the library system. She is to begin the job by August.

"She has a proven track record in programs and collections, technology, capital construction, fundraising, management and community involvement," said John W. Hill Jr., board president, in a statement.

Since 1993, Cooper has served as executive director of the Brooklyn, N.Y., library system, the fifth-largest in the United States. Before that, she headed the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore.

Library trustees and Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), who attended yesterday's special meeting, cited Cooper's experience in rebuilding large library systems as a key factor in her appointment. Williams has proposed building a central library on the grounds of the demolished convention center.

Cooper received media attention in New York recently for closing a library branch temporarily after an altercation caused injury to a librarian and for wanting to attend a library conference in Hong Kong and Singapore -- at a cost of $20,000.

-- Elissa Silverman


Fitness Program for Employees

For the first time, a fitness program is among the health benefits available to D.C. government employees -- with the goal of reducing illnesses, injuries and absenteeism.

Yesterday , Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) and city Health Director A. Gregg Pane celebrated the city's new partnership with Washington Sports Clubs. As it has done since 2003 for New York City's fire department, the company that operates the clubs is offering D.C. employees and their spouses and partners a steep discount on initiation fees and monthly membership charges.

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