Amherst President to Become Head of New York Public Library

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Anthony W. Marx, a native New Yorker and a “passionate advocate of public education,” will be named the new president of the New York Public Library, according to the Times. Marx, the president of Amherst College, will replace Paul LeClerc, who announced in November 2009 that he’d be stepping down. Marx said he believes there is an opportunity for “a great partnership” between the library and New York’s public schools. He is looking “to create additional programs that give students pre-school and after-school opportunities" ... during which the students will probably use the library's computers to research their history papers on Wikipedia. [ArtsBeat/NYT]