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Jakubcin appointed as NOLS director

March 28th, 2014 - 1:28pm

(Port Angeles) -- A new Director has been appointed for the North Olympic Library System.

The Board of Trustees tabbed Margaret Jakubcin, Assistant Director of the Library since September 2007, to succeed Paula Barnes, who will retire in July.

A press release from NOLS says the Board considered conducting a regional or national recruitment for the next Director, but after surveying the staff, Friends of the Library and Library Foundation members, they decided to follow the Library’s established practice of recruiting internally first.

“After reaching out to the staff and the Library’s affiliate groups through an online survey, the Board confirmed the fact that the Library is on the right course,” said Board Chair Don Zanon.

“We have been working on building strength and leadership throughout the organization since 2007, with excellent results. We suspected the skills and experience the system needs in the years ahead could very likely be found right here at home, and we were right.”

As Assistant Director, the 54-year-old Jakubcin, has been integrally involved in developing community partnerships and expanding the Library’s rich calendar of programs and events.

She has also played a leadership role in creating the Library’s management team of branch managers and department heads, as well as planning facility upgrades and drafting and updating NOLS policies and procedures.

Before coming to NOLS, Jakubcin was Regional Library Manager for the Jackson County Library System in Medford, Oregon, for 10 years. Prior to that she held librarian positions at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (Vancouver, WA) and the Josephine County Library System (Grants Pass, OR).

She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University.

Jakubcin grew up in Denver, CO, spending much of her childhood hiking and skiing in the Colorado Rockies, and has lived her adult years almost exclusively in small western towns and rural communities.

“Margaret has been more of a partner than an assistant during my tenure at NOLS,” said Library Director Paula Barnes. “She has been part of all of the Library’s major initiatives, and the Board has had ample opportunity to directly witness her ability to lead the system. Margaret has put down roots in the Port Angeles community and she is well-known and widely respected. I’m thrilled that she’ll be NOLS’ next Director.”

“I’m delighted and honored to be given the opportunity to continue my leadership role with NOLS,” Jakubcin said.

“I can’t imagine a better place to be in the library business; Clallam County is a fabulous community that uses and values its libraries, and the NOLS staff is simply amazing. I look forward to continuing to build a great library/community relationship.”

Jakubcin will make 85-thousand-500 dollars per year when she assumes her new position in July.

She and her husband Michael live in Port Angeles. Their son, Tor, graduated from Port Angeles High School and Peninsula College, and will receive a BFA from Western Washington University this June.

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