Public Services Division Head, Reading Public Library
Ally Dowds is the Public Services Division Head for the Reading Public Library, a recent transition after serving as the Health & Human Services Librarian for the Boston Public Library since 2017. For the majority of Ally’s career in librarianship, she has conceptualized and adapted library services to provide equitable and inclusive access for vulnerable and marginalized patrons, fostering partnerships with community agencies to support individuals affected by incarceration, homelessness, mental health, and substance use. Outside of work, she is happiest spending simple moments with her husband, 2 little ones who keep her on the move, and their 9-year old rescue pup.
Public Library as a Refuge: Social Service Efforts at the Boston Public Library