Lisa Rosenblum, most recently the director and chief librarian for Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, began her first day Tuesday as the new director of King County Library System (KCLS).
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 five-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. 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” Rosenblum said. “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 cafés and the arts scene within the many cities KCLS serves.
Founded in 1942, the KCLS is one of the busiest library systems in the country. KCLS has 49 libraries spread throughout King County, 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.