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Mrs. Robin Diener, Director of the Library Renaissance Project, has been instrumental in helping to win more oversight of our public library system for District residents.

Robin Diener was educated at the school of Languages and Linguistics of Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at the University of Nice, France.

In 1985, she co-founded Chapters Literary Bookstore in downtown Washington DC, which she operated for 13 years, developing a renowned international reading series featuring authors such as Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, A.S. Byatt, and Umberto Eco.

In 1998, she was hired as Executive Director of the Washington Literacy Council, where she pioneered the implementation of professionalized language training for volunteer literacy tutors.

In July 2006, Ms. Diener became Director of the DC Library Renaissance Project, founded by Ralph Nader.



  • Deal or No Deal?
    July 10, 2010 -- Three years after the West End Giveaway was rescinded, the details of a new deal are finally made public on the eve of the DC Council vote to again dispose of the West End Library.

  • Baltimore County's All New Library
    March 24, 2009 -- Three short articles about Baltimore county's first all-new library in 20 years (the last opened in 1988).

  • Remember the libraries!!
    October 2, 2008 -- In tough times, libraries are one of the best investments of public dollars government can make.

  • Where's the youth?
    September 24, 2008 -- DCPL recently held two more Hopes and Dreams meetings at which the combined attendance of young people at both meetings was one (1).

  • What if the Library Gave a Party and No One Came?
    July 30, 2008 -- DCPL hosts ANC Commissioners at King Memorial Library.

  • A Nice Anomaly
    May 14, 2008 -- Density through verticality, a tenet of the SmartGrowth crew, is dealt a blow by a literary hero at the National Building Museum.

  • Robin Diener's Notes on the Shaw Library Design Plans
    April 15, 2008 -- The Director of the Library Renaissance Project weighs in on the Shaw Library Designs shown on January 30, 2008.

  • Rescission Possible in West End Emergency Resolution
    September 12, 2007 -- Robert Miller, Legislative Counsel in Chairman Vincent Grays office, left open the possibility Tuesday of rescinding the West End Emergency Resolution in the new Council legislative session that begins on Tuesday September 18.

  • Blueprint for Cynicism
    January 1, 1970 -- This report by the DC Library Renaissance Project is issued in response to the draft Blueprint for Change released, in January 2006, by the Mayors Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Future of the DC Public Library System. Our report is critical of the draft Blueprint, but we acknowledge the good intentions of Task Force members, none of whom received remuneration for his or her efforts, and some of whom invested a lot of their time.

  • Library Busters -- Who Ya Gonna Call?
    January 1, 1970 -- DCPL has begun the demolition of a key feature of the Carnegie Library -- the historic sunroom.