King County Library System chooses former Brooklyn Public Library Director, Lisa Rosenblum, as new executive director

  • Monday, December 4, 2017 2:04pm
  • Life

The King County Library System Board of Trustees has selected Lisa G. Rosenblum as the KCLS Library Director following a comprehensive nationwide search.

The Board made its decision at its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 29. Rosenblum will begin her leadership role at the King County Library System’s Service Center in Issaquah on Jan. 16.

“Our search firm delivered a choice of several qualified candidates. During the interview process, Lisa Rosenblum rose to the top of the list as the person best suited to lead KCLS as we implement our new strategic focus,” said KCLS Board Trustee Robin McClelland, who chaired the search committee.

“Lisa is undaunted by challenges, our geographic reach, and our mission to serve our diverse population of patrons. We believe she will strengthen relationships with communities and seek partnerships that share our commitment to innovation,” McClelland added.

Rosenblum has spent her career in culturally diverse and metropolitan library settings on the East and West coasts. She joins KCLS from the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the fifth-largest library system in the country, which includes the historic Central Library. There, Rosenblum served as Director and Chief Librarian, and oversaw the planning, developing and leading of Brooklyn Public Library’s operations and its $120 million budget.

Prior to that, Rosenblum served as Director of Library and Community Services for the city of Sunnyvale in California, where she implemented the use of technology to enhance library services, increased the circulation of materials and augmented e-book collections.

Rosenblum has also served as Director of Library and Neighborhood Services for the city of Hayward, Calif., where she led the planning and modernization of library services and developed integrated neighborhood programs. She began her library career as a librarian, and later training manager, then division manager, of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose.

Since 2008, Rosenblum has shared her strategic leadership, organizational theory and management concept knowledge as a visiting professor and lecturer, respectively, at Pratt Institute School of Information and San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

“Lisa’s proven leadership abilities and extensive background in library programs, services, technology and innovation will be an immense asset to the King County Library System,” said Stephen A. Smith, Interim Library Director. “She has worked for years with people from all walks of life, which is a great match for our increasingly diverse county. We are very fortunate that she is joining us, and sincerely look forward to her arrival in the Pacific Northwest.”

Rosenblum will be responsible for advancing the library system’s strategic focus initiatives, including collaborating with civic and business leaders, advancing the library’s literary and technology programs, continuing its excellence in customer service, building a diverse staff and supporting the KCLS Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

“The King County Library System is nationally known as a leader among public libraries. It is an honor to have been selected as the next director,” said Rosenblum. “Many of the innovative programs at KCLS are implemented similarly at BPL, so I already feel an alignment with the direction of KCLS and its strategic focus. I would like to continue the direction and help it grow as both an institution and a community asset,” she said.

Rosenblum earned her master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University and received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College.

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