Mary Frances Cooper / photo courtesy Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Mary Frances Cooper / photo courtesy Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Championing 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.

A nationally recognized library leader, Mary Frances Cooper served as the Library’s Deputy Director for nearly four years, where she led a community engagement process and oversaw Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Main and Neighborhood Library Services, Youth Services, Teen Services, Technical Services, Volunteer Services and Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. During her tenure she built solid relationships with other library leaders in the region and across the state; was integral in strengthening the Library’s relationships with community groups, individual residents and library Friends groups; and led service innovations including the LYNCS (Library in Your Neighborhood, Community and School) outreach program.

In her capacity, she also served as the District Administrator for the state-designated Pittsburgh Library District where she oversaw support services supplied by the District Center to 44 independent libraries in Allegheny County. In 2011, Mary Frances collaborated with community advocates to propel Our Library Our Future, a voter initiative that raises more than $3 million annually for library service, to successful completion, often serving as the initiative’s spokesperson to the community and media. Mary Frances holds a M.S., Library Service from Columbia University School of Library Service and a M. Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Louisville.

Mary Frances is a member of the Remake Learning Council.

Mary Frances Cooper was last modified: September 14th, 2015 by The Sprout Fund