Michael Ciccone has over 20 years of public library leadership experience, managing collections, technical services, historical collections, web presence, and data gathering and analysis. In addition to his 4 years as Executive Director of CELA, he is also a member of the eBound Canada board and one of the founders of Loan Stars.


Describe yourself in three words. 

Energetic, Funny, Pragmatic.

What’s an average day at your library? 

In my current position, there is no average day.

What was the first job you ever had?


What was your first position in the library or information field?

Entry level Librarian at New York Public Library.

How do you stay up to date in your field?

Library Link of the Day, Twitter Feeds from key resources, discussions with colleagues, conferences.

What is your favourite part of library, archive, or information services work? 

Leveling the playing field.

What are you reading or watching right now? 

Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman – and March Madness.

If you didn’t work in information services, what do you think you’d be doing? 

Data Analysis.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Never rest on your accomplishments.

What is the coolest thing in your office or on your desk? 

Cranky the Crane replica of Thomas the Train fame.

What aspect of library work are you most passionate about? 

The people I meet – both the users and colleagues.

Why do you think library work is important?

My career has been spent in public libraries. They are open to everyone and easily adaptable to the needs of a community. They are an unbiased supplier of information, a place to be exposed to ideas and technology, and a trusted community centre that serves as a pillar of a democratic society and a social equalizer. It uses the collective wealth of a community to provide access to a collection of tools that few could afford on their own. It is the ultimate public good.