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Meet the London Public Library's new CEO

The London Public Library has named a new chef executive officer (CEO). Michael Ciccone will be stepping into the new role at the end of August, when long-time CEO and Chief Librarian Susanna Hubbard Krimmer retires after 29 years with library. 

Michael Ciccone will officially step into his role on August 26

Michael Ciccone is the incoming CEO at the London Public Library (Sofia Rodriguez/CBC)

The London Public Library has named a new chief executive officer (CEO).

Michael Ciccone will be stepping into the role at the end of August, when long-time CEO and Chief Librarian Susanna Hubbard Krimmer retires after 29 years with the library. 

"It's a little intimidating to step in the role," Ciccone told CBC News. "I think that Susanna brought something that was very different than what I will bring, so I think in some ways we'll make a very good team," he added. 

Ciccone has held management and administrative positions at both the Hamilton Public Library and the New York Public Library in the United States. For the past four years, he has also served as the executive director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access, a non-profit organization that supports public libraries in providing accessible collections to those with disabilities. 

Libraries are the ultimate public good- Michael Ciccone

"We are very excited to find a candidate who so clearly values inclusion, diversity and accessibility and has leveraged these values to lead a significant organization from the start-up phase to international recognition," said Mariam Hamou, the chair of the London Public Library Board, in a media release. 

Ciccone told CBC News he is looking forward to complementing some of the work that has already been done at the library under Hubbard Krimmer's leadership. 

"She's created this incredible template, base and foundation," he said. "We have the MakerSpace and all this new technology, the next question is 'what do we do with it?' and 'how can we use it to better the community?" he added.  

Ciccone was unable to unveil all the plans he has for the library, but says he hopes to spread the importance of having a public community space.

"I want to continue to put ourselves at the forefront of being a community centre. I always say libraries are the ultimate public good and I think everything I do comes back to that," he added. 

Ciccone will officially take on his role at the London Public Library on August 26.  

"I look forward to the role," he said. "It feels wonderful to have the opportunity to lead what is a wonderful organization and lead them further into the 21st century."