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DC's chief librarian to step down after 7 years

Friday - 5/31/2013, 3:31am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library system has announced she will retire later this year.

The library says Ginnie Cooper will continue leading the public libraries for a few months until the library's board names a successor. Cooper will oversee the initial phase of a planned renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Cooper arrived in 2006 and is credited with transforming the District of Columbia's libraries. She led a major renovation and construction effort for 14 neighborhood libraries.

During that time, the library says the number of books checked out has tripled. Also, the number of public computers in the libraries has grown from 100 to more than 1,000.

In a statement, Cooper says her planned departure is bittersweet.

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