December 12, 2020
King County Library System. Urban Libraries Council honors KCLS with 2020 Innovation Award. The Urban Libraries Council named the King County Library System one of 10 Top Innovators today during the virtual 2020 Innovations Celebration. The annual Innovations award program recognizes and raises the visibility of cutting-edge programs, strategies, tools, techniques and ideas from ULC's member library systems across the U.S. and Canada. [Full Announcement].
August 27, 2020
King County Library System. Ken Ryals named new executive director of the King County Library System Foundation. The King County Library System announced that the King County Library System Foundation has hired a new executive director. Ken Ryals will assume the role on September 8, and will report to the KCLSF Board of Directors. [Full Announcement].
January 14, 2020
King County Library System. King County Library System surpasses 5 million digital checkouts in 2019. Rakuten OverDrive, a digital reading platform used by the King County Library System (KCLS), has released their 2019 digital circulation statistics. KCLS patrons checked out 5,678,572 digital titles in 2019—up nearly 17% from last year, making KCLS the No. 2 digital circulating library in the U.S. and No. 3 worldwide. [Full Announcement].
October 18, 2019
King County Library System. KCLS boycotts Macmillan Publishers' eBook embargo. Effective November 1, 2019, the King County Library System will no longer purchase newly-released eBooks from Macmillan Publishers, one of five major publishers in the U.S. This decision comes after months of discussion and advocacy to urge Macmillan to reconsider instituting a new library eBook embargo, set to go into effect on November 1. Under Macmillan’s new lending model, public libraries of any size will only be allowed to purchase one copy of a newly-released eBook for the first eight weeks after publication. [Full Announcement].
August 2, 2019
King County Library System. KCLS Foundation awarded $34,600 LYRASIS grant for KCLS to explore innovative A.I. applications. The King County Library System Foundation was named one of five 2019 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund recipients, and awarded $34,600 to help the King County Library System (KCLS) fund a research project titled, "Conversational Artificial Intelligence: Bringing the Library to Your Living Room." The project aims to empower the public to utilize library resources anytime, anywhere. The Catalyst Fund grant will enable KCLS to explore community demand for, and research the feasibility of, implementing a library application to interface with common conversational artificial intelligence (A.I.) systems, such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana. [Full Announcement].
April 9, 2018
King County Library System. King County Library System opens its first makerspace with a grand opening celebration. Any King County Library System cardholder will be able to create electronic circuits, make a robot, learn to code, craft with a 3-D pen, mix up a beat for a song, or learn other new technical or creative skills at the new Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace starting Saturday, April 14. [Full Announcement].
January 16, 2018
King County Library System. New King County Library System director Begins leadership role. Most recently the Director and Chief Librarian for Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, Lisa Rosenblum began her first day today as the new director of King County Library System, one of the busiest library systems in the country. [Full Announcement].
December 1, 2017
King County Library System. Lisa G. Rosenblum selected as New King County Library System Director. The King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees has selected Lisa G. Rosenblum as the KCLS Library Director following a comprehensive nationwide search. [Full Announcement].