KATONAH, N.Y. -- The Katonah Village Library announced that its board of trustees has appointed Mary Kane to be the library's new director, effective March 7.
“I’m committed to making the public library not only an educational resource, but a dynamic community center as well,” Kane said in a provided statement. “I look forward to collaborating with the staff, Board and patrons for a long term of future successes benefiting this lovely library and community.”
Virginia Lanigan, the library board's president, praised Kane in a provided statement.
“Mary comes to us with a breadth and depth of experience in all the important aspects of library directorship. But she also impressed us as a woman of great empathy, integrity, and discernment, with a keen awareness of her responsibility to serve the library’s staff, its patrons, and the community. She’ll be a terrific asset to KVL and to Katonah.”
Kane is succeeding Van Kozelka, who the library said retired in December after 10 years in her position.
Kane previously worked at the Orangeburg Library in Rockland County, where she served as director for two years, the library noted.
Recapping Kane's tenure in Orangburg, the library stated, "In addition to her management of daily library operations at Orangeburg, her notable accomplishments include creating engaging educational and cultural programming, deploying a multi-channel public awareness campaign about the library’s value during a period of financial constraint and budget cuts, and initiating the use of social media as a tool for promotion and patron engagement."
Prior to working in Orangeburg, the library notes that Kane served for six years as Head Adult Reference Librarian at the Ringwood Library in New Jersey.
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