Bill Ptacek's tenure commences February 2014
CALGARY, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Calgary Public Library is very
pleased to announce that Bill Ptacek (pronounced puh-TASS-ic) has been
appointed CEO effective February 2014. Ptacek joins the Library from
King County Library System in western Washington State, USA, where his
leadership and advocacy skills have played a critical role in the
success of the KCLC system. He was selected as the Calgary Public
Library's CEO after an extensive search by the Calgary Public Library
Board with assistance from executive recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson.
The Library CEO position has been led on an interim basis by Ellen
Humphrey since August 2012.
During his 25-year tenure, Ptacek's vision and tireless efforts kept
KCLS in the forefront of public libraries nationally for technology and
collection management, including upgrades to computer-based collection
management, data and materials handling systems, public computer
access, administration and library staffing models. Under Ptacek's
leadership, KCLS has seen unprecedented growth as King County
experienced economic and population growth, and local municipalities
voted to join the KCLS network, which operates 36 community libraries
in 1990, with annual circulation above nine million items.
Voter-approved capital improvement bond measures (passed in 1988 and
2004) funded new, replacement, and expanded libraries, adding nearly
515,000 square feet of library space, and annual circulation grew to
more than 22 million items.
The news of Ptacek's acceptance marks the completion of an extensive
stakeholder and community consultation process and an international
search for the Calgary Public Library. "In selecting Mr. Ptacek, the
Calgary Public Library Board is assured that we have selected a strong
advocate and champion for the Calgary Public Library," says Calgary
Public Library Board Chair Janet Hutchinson, "whose unique range of
industry experience, significant exposure to working with Boards and
Government, and strong leadership of larger, more complex organizations
will not only continue our history of service excellence, but also will
nurture and advance the system."
Ptacek has served in leading roles in a number of local and statewide
organizations prior to his role as Library Director in King County,
including serving on the King County Board for Developmental
Disabilities and the State of Washington Developmental Disabilities
Life; the King County Governance Task Force; the Opportunity Trust Fund
Endowment; KCTS Public Television Advisory Board; the University of
Washington at Bothell Advisory Board; and The City of Bellevue Arts
Commission. Under his leadership, KCLC was the Library Journal's
"Library of the Year" in 2011 and the Seattle Municipal League's
"Outstanding Civic Organization" in 2012.
The Calgary Public Library is one of the largest public library systems in North America and the
second largest public library system in Canada that leads the way in
literacy development and fostering a lifelong love of reading.
Calgarians visit the Library's 18 branches to borrow books, DVDs,
e-resources and other materials more than 17 million times a year. The
Calgary Public Library's digital collection is also one of the most
comprehensive in the country, which includes digital newspaper and
magazine subscriptions, eBooks, online music streaming, language
learning apps and interactive continuing education courses.
SOURCE: Calgary Public Library
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