New Library Director Announced
New Library Director Announced
Amber DeBerry, Associate Director of Community Relations, 303-688-7641
Nanci Marr, Marketing and Communications Specialist, 303-688-7642
For immediate release February 14, 2014:
Douglas County Libraries announces new director
The Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees has selected Robert “Bob” Pasicznyuk, as the next director of Douglas County Libraries. Currently the director for Cedar Rapids Public Library, Pasicznyuk will assume his new role on May 5, 2014.
“Douglas County Libraries Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring we hire the best person for this position and that the person possesses the experience, talents, and character to achieve the organization’s objectives and continue its overall growth,” said Bob Morris, Douglas County Libraries board president. “With today’s announcement, we feel we have found the right person for the job. We chose Bob because of his experience with strategic planning, his broad knowledge of information technology, and his overall business acumen.”
Pasicznyuk’s five-year leadership of Cedar Rapids Public Library came during a time of transformative change, as the organization overcame catastrophic flood damage to maintain and improve its facilities and services. Pasicznyuk acted as the project manager for two simultaneous building projects: a $46.6 million flagship library and a $2.5 million branch library. In addition, he was able to reverse a decade of eroding library support and steady decline in favor of a solid restoration plan, including the development and launch of a cohesive library communication campaign, complete with advocacy, strategy, and brand initiatives.
Prior to his role as a library director, Pasicznyuk spent nearly ten years in library districts including Douglas County Libraries, acting in senior information technology roles. He has a vast understanding of technology and a vision for its role within libraries. He has presented on various library initiatives and sits on many boards including the Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Board and Cedar Rapids Science Station Board.
“Over the years, Bob has been acknowledged numerous times by both his peers and community and is recognized as a leader in libraries. He impressed us as a strategist and outstanding project leader. We are excited to have him join the team at Douglas County Libraries and lead the organization,” stated Morris.
Of his new position, Pasicznyuk said, “I am honored and humbled by this opportunity. I look forward to joining this innovative organization and working in a community I have always thought so highly of. I am excited to work with the talented staff and our community partners as we continue to advocate for literacy and lifelong learning.”
Pasicznyuk will take over for longtime library director Jamie LaRue, who retired in January, 2014, after nearly 23 years of service.
Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. For more information, call 303-791-7323 or visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org.