Library Announces New Director of Collections and Technical Services | Community


Williamsport, Pennsylvania — A librarian with a decade of experience in public libraries has joined the staff of the James V. Brown Library.

Kate Shaw began working as the new Director of Collections and Technical Services 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 their communities,” Shaw said.

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,” Shaw said.

Barbara S. McGary, the library’s executive director, said staff were delighted to have Kate join the library team.

“Kate brings a wealth of experience and personality to our community and our organization,” McGary said. “We are grateful for her decision to join us in our mission as a ‘place to go to learn, connect and grow’ and to make Williamsport and Lycoming County her new home. She is a wonderful addition to our team and to 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.

Kate Shaw has been hired as the new Director of Collections and Technical Services at the James V. Brown Library.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., 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 make a reservation, visit or call 570-326-0536 during library hours.

The library is also open to the use of public computers and services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. Brown Library is PA Library of the Year 2021.

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