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Brent Reidy Appointed Andrew W. Mellon Director of Research Libraries at The New York Public Library

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Brent Reidy

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has named Brent Reidy its Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, effective December 29, 2022.

Reidy served as interim director of the NYPL Research Libraries from April through December 2022. Prior to his appointment as Mellon Director, Reidy served as the senior director for Digital Research from 2019 through 2022, leading the team responsible for digitization, digital preservation, and access for the library’s research collections. Under his stewardship the library doubled its digital storage; launched a digitization strategy focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and increased access to the library’s extensive collection of digitized books. Reidy began his tenure at NYPL in 2017 as deputy director, and later interim executive director, of the Library for the Performing Arts.

Prior to joining NYPL, Reidy was a senior consultant at AEA Consulting, a global management consulting firm serving the cultural sector, where he worked on projects for organizations including the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, the New York Philharmonic, and the Frick Collection.

Reidy holds a BA from Dartmouth College in music and a PhD from Indiana University in musicology. His areas of research include the development of a national cultural policy under the Kennedy Administration.

At NYPL, Reidy succeeds William Kelly, who retired as Mellon Director in April 2022, after leading the Research Libraries since January 2016.

For more information about Reidy and his appointment, see the NYPL news release, “Brent Reidy Named The New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries.”