On January 5 Vickery Bowles became Toronto’s newest city librarian. Bowles has been with the Toronto Public Library (TPL) for 32 years, most recently as director of collections management and citywide services, and will now oversee one of the world’s busiest library systems, with 99 (soon to be 100) branches, some 2,000 employees, and 10 million items in its collections.
After serving as executive director of the Omaha Public Library since January 2010, Gary Wasdin recently made a move across the country to take on the position of library director of the King County Library System (KCLS), WA. KCLS, chosen as the Gale/LJ 2011 Library of the Year, is a thriving and diverse library system spread across the 2,000 square mile county to the north, south, and east of Seattle (which maintains its own library system). The 48-branch system serves both urban and rural areas, and is currently well into a $172 million capital bond renovation and expansion program launched in 2004. Bill Ptacek, previously director of the King County system for 25 years, left in December 2013 to become CEO of the Calgary Public Library in Canada.
Dolamore named Assistant Director for San José PL; Niese to direct Chippewa Falls PL, and more People news from the February 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.
On January 15, 2015, Susan H. Hildreth completed her four-year term as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Under her leadership, IMLS provided nearly $1 billion in support to libraries and museums, with a strong emphasis on early learning, STEM-related projects, and connectivity in libraries across the country. Prior to her tenure at IMLS, Hildreth served as Seattle City Librarian, California State Librarian, and San Francisco City Librarian. On March 1, she will return to California, her “adopted home state,” to serve as executive director of three linked organizations: the Peninsula Library System, a consortium of public and community college libraries in San Mateo; the Pacific Library Partnership, a California Library Services Act system; and Califa, a nonprofit membership cooperative that provides services and programs to libraries throughout California.
In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Brittany Dudek. In 2011 she was serving as electronic resources librarian at Illinois Central College, a large community college in north central Illinois, and working closely with library services director Cathryne Kaufman.
Bourg to direct MIT Libraries, Halikias named director of Sugar Grove PL, Wolfgram appointed director of Redwood City PL, and more people news from the January 2015 issue of Library Journal.
Rich Harwood is an author, public speaker, and the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to change in the public sphere. Since its establishment in 1998, the institute has worked with such partners as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AARP, and the United Way Worldwide, as well as civic groups across the country, to help them develop innovation strategies guided by community engagement.
Siobhan A. Reardon engineered the creation of an ambitious, five-year strategic plan, underpinned by a powerful mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity through the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP). Her plan refocused the role of the library, outlines a cluster model to streamline and enhance neighborhood library services, and collaborate with community leaders to develop programs and services most needed by residents. Those achievements alone could qualify Reardon, the first woman to serve as president and director of FLP, to be named the LJ 2015 Librarian of the Year, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, but she has achieved much more in a short tenure that is marking a turnaround for this important but embattled library.
In the latest of our In-Depth Interviews with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Cathryne Kaufman. In 2011 she and Brittany Dudek were working in the library at Illinois Central College, a large community college in north central Illinois—Kaufman as library services director and Dudek as electronic resources librarian. In the process of collaborating on a number of programs, they realized that there weren’t enough professional development opportunities aimed at community college librarians, whose needs often differ significantly from those of their counterparts at four-year academic institutions.