Peter Coyl is the incoming Director of the Montclair Public Library. Formerly he was a Senior Librarian at Dallas Public Library over Special Events including the Dallas Book Festival. Prior to that he was responsible for the day to day public service of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (the fourth largest Public Central Library in the United States). He is the immediate past chair of the American Library Association GLBT Round Table and served on the Texas Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee. In July he will begin service on the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee and is currently a candidate for ALA Council. In 2016 he was named to Drexel Magazine's 40 Under 40 List.
An active Library Professional, he is a member of the Texas Library Association (TLA), the Public Library Association (PLA), the Library Leadership and Management Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the American Library Association (ALA). He has presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference, the Texas Library Association Annual Conference and the Public Library Association Conference. He has also presented webinars with the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. He served on the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Awards Committee in 2012 and as Chair in 2013.
Previously he was the Librarian at Hsinchu International School in Taiwan before coming to Dallas Public Library. He has been affiliated with various Libraries including the Rochester Hills Public Library, the Hershey Public Library and Oakland University's Kresge Library. He also served on the Library Advisory Board for the Pontiac Public Library.
Peter earned his Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University where he focused on library service to children and young adults. During his graduate studies He was awarded the Dorris Keller Hossler Endowed Fellowship by Drexel University as well as the Knower Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Special Library Association. His undergraduate degree is in Public Administration and Public Policy with a minor in East Asian (China) Studies from Oakland University. After completing his undergraduate degree he worked as the Chief of Staff to a the Speaker Pro Tempore and Chair of the Human Services Ways and Means Committee at the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
He spent a semester studying in Beijing at the China Foreign Affairs University and a year studying chinese in Taipei at Taiwan National Normal University's Mandarin Training Center. He once published an article about some differences between Traditional and Simplified chinese.