2023 Conference: Welcome Address and Keynote Address

Thursday, April 27, 2023

9:30 AM

The Evergreen Conference Committee is excited to announce that David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library (BPL) will be presenting the Keynote Address at the 2022 Evergreen International Conference on Data Security and Patron Privacy in today’s Library. BPL experienced a ransom ware attack in the Summer of 2021, which will form the basis of David’s Keynote remarks.

David Leonard is President of the Boston Public Library, a thriving 170-year-old institution and one of Boston’s great educational, cultural, and civic treasures. David began working at the BPL in 2009, bringing with him a wealth of experience from the technology, management, and consulting fields. Appointed President by the Library’s Board of Trustees and Mayor Martin J. Walsh in June 2016, David’s focus is on developing the BPL as a twenty-first-century institution that provides dynamic library experiences to the residents of Boston, of Massachusetts, and beyond.

David’s prior experience spans academia and the nonprofit sector as well as the IT consulting world, with roles in business development, management, and technology consulting. David is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Library Information Science at Simmons College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and mathematics and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University College Dublin. He did further graduate work in philosophy at Boston College and was a member of the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.