New King County Library System Director begins leadership role

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Lisa Rosenblum
KCLS Director
Most recently the Director and Chief Librarian for Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, Lisa Rosenblum began her first day Tuesday as the new director of King County Library System (KCLS), one of the busiest library systems in the country. 

Rosenblum arrived at KCLS headquarters in Issaquah and met with the management team to review KCLS’s 2017 accomplishments, including the introduction of its strategic focus and 5-year vision, record-setting number of digital downloads, receipt of architectural awards for its renovated libraries, increase in new community partnerships and addition of technological programs and improvements.

Building on momentum into the New Year, KCLS will continue to focus on its strategic vision to create opportunities through meaningful connections in the county.

“Relocating to the Puget Sound to start 2018 in a new leadership role at the King County Library System is exciting” said Rosenblum. 
"I'm ready to collaborate on current and upcoming library projects with the team to enhance already innovative services, find new opportunities to partner with leaders within sectors that are vital to the Pacific Northwest, and engage within the communities we serve on issues important to our patrons.”

Rosenblum has more than 30 years of experience working at libraries throughout the country. She plans to introduce herself to the diverse communities of her new state of residence by visiting and learning more about KCLS’s 49 libraries. Her personal interests will take her to explore outdoor activities, neighborhood caf├ęs and the arts scene within the many cities KCLS serves.

Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest library systems in the country. KCLS currently has 49 libraries spread throughout King County in Washington State with more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2017, King County residents checked out nearly 21 million items, including more than 4.7 million digital eBooks and audiobooks. Last year, KCLS also welcomed more than 10 million visitors to its libraries.

There are four King county libraries in our vicinity: Richmond Beach, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore.

Shoreline resident Robin McClelland chaired the search committee.



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