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Gia Arbogast Appointed as New Director for the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

– Library’s new director brings more than 20 years of Library experience –

(Miami, FL – July 16, 2015) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System is proud to announce that Gia Arbogast has been appointed as the new Director for the Library Department. Ms. Arbogast brings to this position more than 20 years of administrative and operational experience. Her trajectory in the Miami‑Dade Public Library System provides her with a solid platform to address the rapidly changing trends in library service.

As Director she will be responsible for a County department with more than 400 employees, and 49 branches serving more than 8 million visitors and a budget of $54 million. Ms. Arbogast is currently leading renovation projects for numerous libraries, the grand opening of the Northeast Dade‑Aventura Branch Library and the reopening of the California Club Branch Library.

Most recently, as Interim Director for the Library, Ms. Arbogast spearheaded the development and execution of system‑wide community programs. Ms. Arbogast also manages all outreach services which include mobile libraries, Talking Books, Connections—Library Service for the Homebound, Jump Start and Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade).

Ms. Arbogast states that, “I am very excited to lead the Miami‑Dade Public Library System into becoming a 21st century library and ensuring that it meets the needs of this diverse community.”

Ms. Arbogast’s previous experience includes management of front‑line service, coordination of training and programming services and overall management of the Library System. As the Assistant Director in charge of Programming and Community Engagement, Ms. Arbogast developed and implemented successful and innovative programs such as YOUmedia Miami — a program which builds on the role libraries play as places of innovation and exploration and teaches teens to use technology as a way to tell their stories and engage with the world around them in powerful and new ways. Ms. Arbogast created the first ever Writer in Residence Program for Young Adults and was instrumental in creating the Library’s Reading Ready literacy initiative for children 0‑5 years of age.

Ms. Arbogast is a University of Miami Graduate and received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Florida State University in 1986. She is an active member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. She is currently an At Large Board Committee member of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network and previously served in the organization’s Legislative Advocacy Committee.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System, a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and several National Association of Counties Achievement Awards, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share and create. MDPLS strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, programs, and art and culture so they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, Technobus, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the Library proudly serves more than seven million annual visitors. Serving the community for more than 40 years, MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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