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Brooklyn Public Library appoints new chief librarian

October 30, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Nicholas Higgins was named Brooklyn Public Library’s chief librarian Monday. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library

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Nicholas Higgins, Brooklyn Public Library’s interim chief librarian, was named BPL’s new chief librarian Monday. Higgins had served in the role on an interim basis since January.

“As interim chief librarian, Nick has been instrumental in helping us implement the strategic plan and enthusiastically supporting the charge for BPL’s boroughwide civic engagement campaign,” said BPL CEO and President Linda E. Johnson. “He continues to inspire us, and we look forward to his energetic, thoughtful leadership.”

In his previous role, serving as the first director of Outreach Services division, Higgins and his team developed a unique set of programs for older adults; individuals and families impacted by the justice system, immigrants and people experiencing homelessness. He was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2017 for creating an award-winning citywide library-based video visiting service for kids with parents incarcerated on Rikers Island. 

Higgins began his career at Brownsville Library as part of the Public Urban Library Service Education (PULSE) program, a joint initiative between Pratt Institute and BPL. He has worked at branches throughout the borough including Cypress Hills, Arlington, McKinley Park, New Lots, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge and Borough Park libraries. Higgins has worked in the inclusive services department, the Business and Career Library and even served as a backup bookmobile driver. 

“Brooklyn Public Library is special. It is one of the few spaces in the borough where everyone is welcome; a place as much for quiet reflection as it to share ideas and conversations,” said Higgins. “I am both honored and humbled to have been selected for this role and look forward to continuing the innovative work of this great institution.” 

In addition to his work for Brooklyn Public Library, Higgins worked for New York Public Library as Correctional Library Supervisor, building up access to public libraries for incarcerated New Yorkers. He earned an MLS from the Pratt Institute and a BA in British Literature from Hunter College.