Darby O'Brien has been the Director of the Utica Public Library since 1990. Prior to joining the UPL staff she was the Director of the Traurig Library of Post College (now Post University) in Waterbury, CT. Darby has also worked at Plainfield (NJ) Public Library, Linden (NJ) Public Library and Rutgers University Library. She received her BA in English Literature from St. Bonaventure University, her MLS from Rutgers University and her MS in Organization and Management from Central Connecticut State University.
Darby grew up in Rome, NY and is a graduate of Rome Catholic High School.
She is a past President and Board member of the Central New York Library Resources Council and is currently active with the Mid-York Library System.
Her community involvement includes the Rotary Club of Utica, Downtown Utica Development Association Board, Thea Bowman House Board, and the HomeOwnershipCenter Board. Darby is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley.