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Miami-Dade Public Library appoints Kimberly Matthews as the new Assistant Director for the Library Department

– Library‚Äôs new Assistant Director brings more than 20 years of library experience –

Kimberly Matthews

(Miami, FL – September 28, 2015) The Miami-Dade Public Library System has appointed Kimberly Matthews as the new Assistant Director for the Library Department. Ms. Matthews brings more than 20 years of combined library public service, education and consulting experience to the Miami‑Dade County Public Library System. She will be assuming oversight of the department’s public service operations, collection development and marketing functions.

Previously Ms. Matthews served as Executive Director of the Trenton Free Public Library for the past 7 years where she directed all aspects of library services. Prior to this, Ms. Matthews was Manager of Technical Services and Manager of the Chapman Branch at Salt Lake City Public Library. Ms. Matthews was also an Assistant Professor and Head of Library User Education & Database Searching at Washington State University Library’s Owen Science and Engineering Library. Ms. Matthews holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in library science and information management from Emporia State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Kansas.

The Director for the Miami‑Dade Library System, Gia Arbogast indicates that, “Ms. Matthews has demonstrated her ability to work in a multi‑cultural and multi‑ethnic community, where she has been a highly visible and engaged public servant, both with elected officials and the community as a whole. We believe these qualities, coupled with her many years of experience in all aspects of library service delivery make her an outstanding selection for this role.”

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 ( 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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