Paula Kiely was appointed Milwaukee Public Library director by Mayor Tom Barrett in September 2006. She is the 11th director in the library’s 137-year history. Kiely joined the Milwaukee Public Library in 1995 and has served as children’s and young adult librarians, children’s services coordinator, and deputy city librarian/central library director. A Milwaukee native, Kiely earned her bachelor of fine arts and master of library and information studies degrees from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She was honored in 2002 as UWM’s School of Information Studies Graduate of the Decade and was selected as one of the Business Journal’s 2011 Women of Influence.