Siobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the first woman to serve in this capacity. Since joining the Free Library in 2008, Ms. Reardon has overseen freelibrary.org’s expansion as a major digital force, featuring a robust set of downloadable materials, online collections, and mobile web pages. She has also spearheaded the Library’s initiative to move beyond its walls by creating computer and internet outposts called Hot Spots that offer free access and training in partnership with local organizations in underserved neighborhoods, in the city’s first roving “techmobile,” and at the Philadelphia International Airport, where travelers can access the internet for free and download library materials on the go. In addition, Ms. Reardon has steered the creation of an ambitious five-year strategic plan for the Library—underscored by a mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity—and has begun implementation of a significant organizational restructuring of her 700-member staff, aiming to improve efficiencies, internal communications, and customer experience. Most recently, the Free Library Foundation, which Ms. Reardon also oversees, announced its intent to merge with the renowned Rosenbach Museum & Library, combining two of the finest collections of rare materials into one of world-class standing with strengths in Americana and British, American, and Modernist literature.
Previously, Ms. Reardon was Executive Director of the Westchester (NY) Library System, a 38-member cooperative library system. Prior to that, she was Deputy Executive Director of the Brooklyn Public Library, serving as Chief Operating Officer of the nation’s fifth largest library system. She also served as Acting Executive Director and Director of Finance, responsible for the Library’s $85 million annual budget.
Ms. Reardon began her library career at New York Public. She holds a B.A. from SUNY Purchase, an M.A. from Fordham University, and an M.L.S. from the Palmer School of Library Science at Long Island University. She is an Endowment Trustee of the American Library Association, a member of the Standing Committee of the Metropolitan Libraries Caucus of the International Federation of Library Associations, and chair of the board of LYRASIS, a library services organization. She also serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Education Fund, and the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children.