University of Pittsburgh

Barbara K. Mistick, 2010 Distinguished Alumna Honoree

Barbara K. Mistick

President and Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

As president and director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Barbara K. Mistick (MBA '92) contributes to the educational vitality, economic development, and cultural enrichment of the Pittsburgh region. She shapes the strategic operation of the 114-year-old library system, which welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually, and engages the community in literacy and learning. Under Mistick's leadership, the library embarked upon a $55 million capital campaign, the first in its history, to modernize neighborhood libraries systemwide. These efforts have resulted in significant investment in Pittsburgh neighborhoods providing a range of library services and programs for children, teens, and adults and facilities that accommodate new collections and technology. She serves on the Strategic Planning and Highsmith Award Committees of the Urban Libraries Council, where she was instrumental in commissioning a national study on the value of libraries.