Library System Selects New Director

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM EDT

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Library System Selects New Director

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System chose Mary Jean Jakubowski as Library System Director for a three-year term.

Jakubowski, who most recently served as the Library's chief operating officer, has worked for the Library System for the past 19 years in various capacities, including: assistant deputy director of Human Resources; librarian in the Humanities and Social Sciences department; manager of Circulation, Stacks and Remote Reference; and as a part-time librarian at the Orchard Park Library.

Jakubowski, a Buffalo native, has an MLS degree from the University of Buffalo and has served on the Library's leadership team, together with Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Stone.

"Mary Jean Jakubowski has the commitment, knowledge, leadership skills and energy to lead the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System,” said board chair Sharon A. Thomas. "She knows and loves our community, is immersed in dealing with the complexity of issues and challenges facing our libraries and has the utmost respect of our trustees, member libraries and library staff.”

Thomas added that “the Library's trustees are confident that Ms. Jakubowski, working with Mr. Ken Stone and the dedicated staff, is the right person for our library at this time."

Jakubowski is president of the Western New York Library Resources Council and past treasurer of Explore & More Children’s Museum. Prior to joining the Library in 1992, Jakubowski spent 13 years in the healthcare industry. She resides in Lancaster with her husband, Larry, and two daughters.

Jakubowski replaces Bridget Quinn-Carey, who joined the Queens Library earlier this spring.