March 5, 2015

Gary Wasdin’s High Expectations for King County

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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.

Northern Exposure: A Q&A with Bill Ptacek on Leaving King County Library For Calgary

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After 25 years as Director of Washington’s King County Library System (KCLS), serving the suburbs and rural towns surrounding Seattle, Bill Ptacek is packing his bags for Alberta, Canada, where he’ll serve as CEO of the growing Calgary Public Library. Library Journal caught up with Ptacek to discuss his late-career move to the Great White North.

Libraries Partner with Local Airports

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At first glance, a partnership between libraries and airports may seem a case of strange bedfellows. Libraries offer space for concentration and relaxation, while airports are notoriously stressful and full of distractions. But the venues do have one thing in common: in both, users are looking for something to read.

ALA Annual 2011: King County Library System Receives Gale/LJ Library of the Year Award

UPBEAT AND ALWAYS INNOVATING An enthusiastic group of staffers from King County (top) gathered at the House of Blues to accept accolades; (clockwise from middle l.) KCLS’s Jed Moffitt also had a chance to jam with the band; San Francisco’s Marcia Schneider talked with with Edmonton’s 2011 Mover & Shaker Tina Thomas and NISO’s Todd […]