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Dr. Barbara K. Mistick
President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
2005 - 2011

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As President and Director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Dr. Barbara K. Mistick contributed to the educational vitality, economic development and cultural enrichment of the region. As a result of her advocacy work, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was the only public library in Pennsylvania to be recognized in 2008 by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with two prestigious grants: a National Leadership Demonstration Grant and a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant.

Dr. Mistick led the organization in engaging our community in critical literacy and learning opportunities. Under her direction, the Library completed an unprecedented economic impact study to measure the value the Library has on Allegheny County's economy and identify strategies and partnerships to maximize the benefits of the Library. The study reaffirmed the Library's role in economic development and education. The results have also impacted how other library systems view their role in the community and was the catalyst for a state-wide and national study on the economic impact of libraries.

Under Dr. Mistick's leadership, the Library embarked upon a $55 million dollar capital campaign, the first in the Library's history, to make neighborhood libraries accessible system-wide. To date, the Library's efforts have resulted in significant investment in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, providing a range of library services and programs for children, teens and adults and facilities that accommodate new collections and 21st century technology. Since the capital campaign began, the Library has completed the renovation or relocation of nine neighborhood libraries as well as a partial renovation of the Main Library, First Floor.

Dr. Mistick served on the Strategic Planning & Highsmith Awards Committee of the Urban Libraries Council, where she was instrumental in commissioning Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development, a national study on the value of libraries. Regionally, she served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania; the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, St. Vincent College Humanities and Arts Advisory Council, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and was President of the PA Association of Regional Resource Centers. She was the recipient of numerous recognitions for her advocacy work including the US Small Business Administration's Women's Business Advocate Award, the Ernst & Young Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award, ATHENA Award, Pittsburgh Business Times' Diamond Award, Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania Woman of Distinction in Arts & Humanities Award and Pittsburgh Vector's Award in Education.

Prior to joining Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Dr. Mistick served as the Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the Girls, Math & Science Initiative, a public-private collaboration between Fred Rogers' Family Communications, Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University. A successful entrepreneur, she first emerged as one of the region's leaders as Director of Seton Hill University's National Education Center for Women in Business. It was during her tenure at Seton Hill that she facilitated the first statewide research in Pennsylvania documenting women's current and potential economic contributions. Dr Mistick earned a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a master's in business administration from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carlow College.