May 03, 2013
Mississauga announced yesterday the appointment of Rosemary Vespa as director,
Library Services, effective June 10, 2013. She replaces Don Mills who retired last
"I am pleased to have Rose join the Library leadership team in Community Services at the
City of Mississauga," said Paul Mitcham, commissioner, Community Services. "She will
help continue the tradition of outstanding library service to the community."
Vespa has held numerous management positions in the field of library services. Her most recent
position was Chief Executive Officer, Brantford Public Library, where she was directly
responsible for leading many high profile initiatives such as expanding the university and
public library partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, considered to be a one-of-a-kind
partnership in North America.
She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours English
and History) and a Masters of Library and Information Services.
In addition to her work with Brantford Public Library, Vespa has worked in a number of systems
and capacities including as CEO Lincoln Public Library, as a Librarian in the Windsor and
Vaughan Library Services and within the school system as a Librarian at the secondary school
"Mississauga will benefit from Rose's energy, knowledge and passion for library
services," said Brad Hutchinson, chair, Mississauga Public Library Board. "Her
commitment to building a strong inclusive community where everybody has the resources to
succeed will serve residents well."
According to Hutchinson, the Mississauga Library System is one of the largest public library
systems in Canada with more than 300,000 registered users and 18 locations. The Mississauga
Public Library Board is made up of citizens appointed by City Council for a four-year
Vespa's professional memberships have included the Large Urban Caucus of the Federation of
Ontario Public Libraries, the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Library Association,
the American Library Association and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000
businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major
divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the
shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading
Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan,
delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Ivana Di Millo
Phone: 905-615-3200 x 5047