BALTIMORE COUNTY — The Baltimore County Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Sonia Alcántara-Antoine has been selected as the next director of Baltimore County Public Library.
Ms. Alcántara-Antoine is expected to begin her tenure in February 2021 and will be the fifth director in the library’s celebrated 72-year history. Selected after a nationwide search, she replaces Paula J. Miller who retired in September 2020.
Ms. Alcántara-Antoine comes to Baltimore County Public Library after serving as director of Libraries and Information Services of Newport News Public Library since 2017.
Alcántara-Antoine previously served as Public Services manager for Virginia Beach Public Library and held multiple positions at Enoch Pratt Free Library. She is an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar — a scholarship program which seeks to increase the ranks of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to leadership positions within the library profession.
Alcántara-Antoine is active in professional associations, including the Public Library Association and the Urban Libraries Council, where she serves on the Race and Social Equity and Digital Equity action teams. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and is currently working toward a master’s degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University.
“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the next director of Baltimore County Public Library,” said Ms. Alcántara-Antoine.
“The library system has considerable assets, first and foremost its dynamic staff and supportive Board. Together we will take public library service in Baltimore County to new heights, with a continued emphasis on innovation and serving the community with an equity lens. Having worked in the Baltimore area previously, this opportunity is like coming home.”
“It is more important now more than ever to be open-minded, creative and experimental to explore new ways of presenting library services and connecting the community,” said Board of Library Trustees President Maureen Walsh David.
“Throughout the interview process, Sonia showed that she is more than capable to lead our team of dedicated staff into the future with innovative ideas and solutions for our current and next generation of library users.”
“Our public libraries are fundamental pillars of our neighborhoods and Baltimore County is thrilled to welcome Ms. Alcántara-Antoine to help lead Baltimore County Public Library into the future,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.
“Her diverse experience, love for our region, and unique vision are a perfect fit to help build upon the library’s rich legacy of innovative, inclusive, and community-focused programming for all ages.”
Baltimore County Public Library has been an anchor in the community since 1948 and continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of Baltimore County residents. Today, its 19 branches, which serve more than four million visitors per a year with an annual circulation exceeding 9 million items, are safe zones, civic centers, technology hubs and spaces for ideas and learning.
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