KCLS Board of Trustees names new Library Director

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gary Wasdin
Director, King County Library System

After a nationwide executive search and selection process, the King County Library System Board of Trustees has selected Gary Wasdin to be the new Director. Wasdin currently serves as Director of the Omaha Public Library in Nebraska. Wasdin will begin his KCLS leadership role January 26, 2015.

According to Interim Director Julie Acteson, 

“The Library System is an essential community asset, with 48 libraries, online and mobile outreach to 1.3 million area residents. Leading KCLS is an important job—and one that opens rarely: the previous Director came to KCLS more than 25 years ago. 
“We’re delighted that Gary has accepted the Board’s offer, and we look forward to welcoming him to KCLS,” Acteson concluded.

The new Director brings substantial experience to the job, with more than 20 years in management positions, including retail, academic and public libraries. His broad and diverse experience gives him an in-depth understanding of leadership, organizational performance, and talent management.

At Omaha Public Library, Wasdin focused on building stronger relationships with communities, elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropic foundations. His approach is based on a strategic vision and deep connections between the libraries and the communities they serve.

Wasdin is enthusiastic about his new job: “I’d like to thank you for choosing me to be your new Library Director. KCLS has a nationwide reputation for excellence, and I’m excited by the opportunity to build upon this great success. I’m looking forward to getting started, and getting to know the people, libraries, and staff of KCLS. Together we will ensure that our libraries anticipate and respond to the needs of all our communities.”


Anonymous,  November 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM  

Omaha rocks! Welcome to King County, Gary!

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