Mission, Administration and Staff

Mission

Providing opportunities to explore, learn, create and connect.

Vision

Empowered and engaged individuals for a more inclusive and connected Baltimore County community.

We Value

  • Our customers and communities
  • Equal access and intellectual freedom
  • Flexibility and collaboration
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Continuous improvement

Anti-Racism and Social Equity Statements

Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) stands against racism, hatred and injustice. We begin by saying that Black lives matter. Always, and in all ways. We continue by recognizing the countless instances of injustice and violence against Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) throughout our history. BCPL unequivocally supports an end to systemic racism and the inequity that exists in our society.

At its core, BCPL’s mission is to transform lives, enabling everyone to reach their fullest potential. However, we cannot begin the work of transformation within our community without committing to diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Yet diversity, equity and inclusion are impossible without naming and tackling the obstacle in the path of many to leading full lives of dignity—racism. Systemic racism towards BIPOC undergirds and upholds inequity towards all people. We must acknowledge that centuries of systemic racism have created barriers that limit futures and prevent many from thriving. These systems have persisted in creating two Americas where certain lives are not valued and many are not afforded the essential human right to live a life without fear and with equally-applied justice.

Libraries, including BCPL, have historically claimed to be neutral, choosing not to take sides on what others deemed controversial. But BCPL cannot continue to do so—the cost of neutrality is too high. Neutrality comes from a place of privilege that allows us to ignore the systemic inequities that prevail in our community and society, while remaining comfortable and preserving existing power structures. We can no longer and will no longer stay silent. We must recognize the pain, anger and frustration in our community, and convert that outrage into meaningful and lasting change. BCPL has not consistently led or served with an equity lens, however we pledge to do more to transform ourselves and our communities into ones where all can live their best lives.

We understand that we are merely at the start of an ongoing journey to address racial and social inequity in our community and within our organization. BCPL commits to do better and to be better. We will work and communicate with all segments of our community to improve our own understanding of systemic racism while providing opportunities for the community to do the same. We will develop concrete steps to work toward a better future for each and every one of us.

We will:

  • Work to dismantle any systemic racism within our organization and collaborate with partners to dismantle systemic racism throughout the community.
  • Hold difficult conversations. For too long the voices of many people in our communities and in our libraries have gone unheard. We pledge to listen, learn and hold ourselves accountable to real, lasting and positive change.
  • Utilize the expertise of BCPL's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer to provide staff and customers with the tools needed to achieve greater equity.
  • Conduct equity audits to establish and guide a plan of action that covers all aspects of BCPL’s operations and service model, and sets clear goals and objectives for creating a fairer and more equitable anti-racist library.
  • Change library policies and practices that are punitive, create barriers to access and harm our community.
  • Develop and maintain programs, services and collections that amplify the lives of people of color.
 

BCPL has signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity, which serves as a baseline for libraries to build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. 

Publications

Strategic Plan

Reports

Administration

Administrative Offices
320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 410-887-6100
Fax: 410-887-6103
TTY through Maryland Relay

Board of Library Trustees

Phone: 410-887-6100
Fax: 410-887-6103

The Board’s responsibilities include:

  • Appointment of the library director to manage day-to-day operations of the library system
  • Policy formulation. Working with the director and staff, the Board develops policies to ensure that the library system is sound and responds to the needs of the public. Major policy areas include personnel, collection development, public service planning, budgeting and use of technology

Learn more about the Board of Library Trustees.

Director

Sonia Alcántara-Antoine
Email: Director@bcpl.net
Phone: 410-887-6121

  • Has overall responsibility for the management of the library system and strategic planning, serves as liaison to the County and state government, and is accountable to the Board of Library Trustees
  • Oversees Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Planning, Projects and Data, and Virtual & Media Services departments

Assistant Directors

James Cooke
Phone: 410-887-6121
Email: ADCooke@bcpl.net

Natalie Edington
Phone: 410-887-6121
Email: ADEdington@bcpl.net

Adult and Community Engagement

Julie Brophy
Phone: 410-887-3285
Email: jbrophy@bcpl.net

Collection Development

Jamie Watson
Phone: 410-887-6137
Email: jwatson@bcpl.net

Customer Support Services

Deb Brothers
Phone: 410-887-7915
Email: dlbrothers@bcpl.net

Interlibrary Loan

Phone: 410-887-6110
Email: illmail@bcpl.net

Customer Accounts

Phone: 410-887-6181
Email: customeraccounts@bcpl.net

Meeting Room Bookings

Phone: 410-887-6109
Email: meetingrooms@bcpl.net

Facilities Services and Facilities Management

Purnell Sterrett
Phone: 410-887-6136 or 410-887-6100
Email: psterrett@bcpl.net

Fiscal Services

Helen Rowe
Phone: 410-887-6170
Email: hrowe@bcpl.net

Human Resources

Mary Wilson
Phone: 410-887-6177
Email: mjwilson@bcpl.net

Marketing and Development

Linda Frederick
Phone: 410-887-6196
Email: lfrederick@bcpl.net

Planning, Projects and Data

Emily Gamertsfelder
Phone: 410-887-2336
Email: egamertsfelder@bcpl.net

Purchasing

Dave Otto
Phone: 410-887-6155
Email: tdotto@bcpl.net

Security

Mike Engle
Phone: 410-887-6150
Email: mengle@bcpl.net

Technical Services

Jody Sharp
Phone: 410-887-8630
Email: jsharp@bcpl.net

Virtual and Media Services

Liz Sundermann
Phone: 410-887-6132
Email: lsundermann@bcpl.net

Media Creation

Carl Birkmeyer
Phone: 410-887-2082
Email: cbirkmey@bcpl.net

Youth and Family Engagement

Conni L. Strittmatter
Phone: 410-887-0517
Email: cstrittmatter@bcpl.net