James V. Brown Library Announces Appointment of Director of Collections and Technical Services | News, Sports, Jobs


The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is pleased to announce the hiring of Librarian Kate Shaw as the new Director of Collections and Technical Services. It started on June 1. She replaces Toby Schwartzman, who became director of the Union County Public Library.

Shaw is a certified professional librarian with over 10 years of experience in public libraries, most recently coming from Tredyffrin Township Libraries where she was Director of References and Technology.

As Director of Collections and Technical Services at Brown Library, Shaw will be responsible for overseeing, coordinating and administering collections and technical services and information technology to ensure business continuity. a wide range of public library functions and operations.

“I’m excited about connecting people to the resources they need to enrich their lives and communities,” said Shaw.

Shaw holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Clarion University. She is active in the Pennsylvania Library Association, where she serves on both the Academy’s Leadership Studies Planning Committee and as a Leadership Academy Mentor. She is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Leadership Studies and has held positions on the PaLA Board of Directors and the Southeast Chapter.

“I love 8-bit and classic music, old video games, board games, Philadelphia sports, true crime, crafts, performing, tea and my cat, Kismet”, said Shaw.

“We are delighted to have Kate join our JVBL leadership team as the new Director of Collections and Technical Services,” said Barbara S. McGary, the library’s executive director. “Kate brings a wealth of experience and personality to our community and our organization. We are grateful to him for deciding to join us in our mission as a “place to go to learn, connect and grow” and to make Williamsport and Lycoming County his new home. She is a great addition to our team and our community. Please join us in welcoming her to our community and helping her feel at home as she makes new friendships and learns how she can make a lasting impact.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and pick-up 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To reserve, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during library hours. The library is also open for the use of public computers and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. Brown Library is PA Library of the Year 2021.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is the place to go to learn, connect, and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides refuge for those who seek it, and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library welcomes over 225,000 visitors a year and circulates half a million items a year. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacy in our communities to provide a better future for all.

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