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November 16, 2018

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, x6152

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Names New Chief Executive Officer


 Roberta Phillips


Largo, MD – Prince George’s County Memorial Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Ms. Roberta Phillips has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Library System. The Library Board at their November 15 meeting confirmed her selection and made the official appointment. Ms. Phillips will begin in the position in mid-January 2019.


"The Board is extremely impressed with Roberta’s experience, knowledge and commitment," said Board President Samuel Epps IV. “Her leadership style, record of innovation, fiscal management, team building, and community involvement makes her the leader that the Board was seeking to head the Library System.”


Roberta Phillips is currently serving as the Director of Planning and Projects for the award- winning Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina and previously served as Director of the Orangeburg County Library in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The Richland Library comprises a main location and 11 branch locations serving approximately 415,000 people. During her tenure at Richland Library, Ms. Phillips worked on strategic plan initiatives, community engagement and special projects. Most notably, Phillips coordinated interiors, space planning, and customer experiences for 12 building projects with three new facilities and nine renovations, including the renovation of their 240,000-square-foot Main Library.


Named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2013, Ms. Phillips was recognized for her work with a broad range of library customers, both in school and public libraries, and her commitment to customer-focused services, including enhancing collections and sharpening customer service approaches, has been instrumental in the library field. Her keen eye for design and innovation through project management, paired with her growing expertise in the principles of service design, are evident in all of the facilities she has helped to create. Phillips received a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Michigan State University.


“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the new CEO for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Libraries have the responsibility to advance our communities and affect lives in meaningful ways. Together we will explore imaginative ways through engagement, enrichment and education, to create our preferred future for all residents of Prince George’s County!”


The mission of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is to help customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Rosetta Stone Library Solution,, Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and Learning Express Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs and MAC (Manga and Anime Clubs) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at