MAYOR APPOINTS NEW CITY LIBRARIAN
(9/9/2010) NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and the New Haven Public Library Board of Directors announce the appointment of Christopher J. Korenowsky to the position of City Librarian effective October 4, 2010. Current librarian, Jim Welbourne will retire as of October 1.
“I thank Jim for his years of service to our residents and his dedication to growing the services of our library system. I am pleased to welcome Christopher to New Haven and look forward to the work he will do to further shape the impact of New Haven’s library branches throughout our neighborhoods,” said DeStefano. “Our libraries are among our City’s greatest resources and it’s important that our residents are all engaged to make use of them.”
A graduate of Kent State University where he received his Masters of Library and Informational Sciences, Korenowsky arrives in New Haven with more than 20 years of public library experience gained through his work in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. From direct public services to managerial positions, Korenowsky has played a vital role in shaping the first class library system that Columbus is today.
"Words cannot express how thrilled I am to join the New Haven Free Public Library as the City Librarian. I am deeply impressed by the services the library offers to customers, the commitment of the library team and the importance that the community holds for the public library in daily life,” said Korenowsky. “I very much get the sense that the citizens of New Haven make it a point to seek out the library and view our locations as true destinations in the city. Over the next several months I will be proactively assessing ways in which the library adds value to the city. Enhancements to technology, information access, online resources and reaching out into the community in new and different ways will be examined.”
“Christopher has had experience in long range planning, policy development, instructional design and development, branding, fundraising and capital campaigns,” said Library Board Director Elsie Chapman. “His experience and keen vision for the role libraries must play in the future plus his high energy, enthusiasm and proven ability make him a superb choice for New Haven’s seventh City Librarian.”
For the past year and a half, Korenowsky has been the Director of Professional Development for the Ohio Library Council, a state-wide membership organization that advocates for 251 public libraries in Ohio. He is a frequent reviewer in Library Journal and has published articles in Public Library Quarterly and Technical Services Quarterly. He has developed curricula for library instruction and is a member of American Library Association being named by member vote to the Learning Roundtable Board in July 2010.
“Public libraries across the country are in the rare position of having the opportunity to redefine the work that we do,” said Korenowsky. “My goal will be to continue to embrace new and exciting industry changes while still honoring traditional library values. It is a true pleasure to be coming to New Haven and I look forward to seeing you all at the library."
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