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Library names Jason Kucsma new Deputy Director

Posted Jan 22nd, 2015 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com

 

After an extensive search, officials of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library are pleased to announce the selection of Jason Kucsma as Deputy Director.

Mr. Kucsma possesses 17 years of experience in progressive librarianship and leadership, including his most recent role as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). In this position, he has managed a team of diverse informational professionals in the service of member libraries representing more than 250 public, academic, special school and hospital libraries. He was responsible for the development of new areas of service to fulfill the organization’s strategic vision, including a state-wide hub for DPLA (Digital Public Library of America), coordinating New York Library systems on collaborative initiatives (i.e., statewide resource sharing to collaborative digitization), and managing the METRO digitization grant program.

Prior experiences include serving as an adjunct professor for Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where he taught Information Technology and Humanities Reference. He also founded a non-profit organization, Allied Media Projects, and was founder and co-publisher of Clamor magazine, a nationally distributed bi-monthly magazine.

Mr. Kucsma also maintains multiple professional and community engagements, including the Harvard Graduate School of Education; a member of the Digital Content Working Group for the American Library Association; and the Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee of the American Library Association.
He earned a BA in Communications and a Master’s Degree in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University. In addition, he received his Masters of Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona, where he was a faculty-named Outstanding Student.

Mr. Kucsma is scheduled to assume his new duties as Deputy Director on Monday, February 16, 2015. He is married to Megan Plesea and they are the proud parents of infant boy and girl twins. Mr. Kucsma was reared in the Cleveland area.

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