On October 18, 2011, Norman J. Jacknis, President of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) announced that Jason Kucsma has been named Executive Director of the organization. Mr. Kucsma will lead the organization’s efforts to support librarians and information managers throughout New York City and Westchester.
“In addition to knowing METRO and its members very well, Jason also brings a vision and energy to the job that is critically important for METRO to continue to be a vital resource for its members and the larger library world. We are very excited about his plans and goals in working with us and with the entire library community to lead METRO forward in the years ahead,” said Dr. Norman Jacknis, President of the METRO Board of Trustees.
“In the years ahead, METRO has an historic opportunity to prepare libraries to continue to be the leaders in information and research while adopting the most essential and effective advances in technology and interactive communications. We must also play a leadership role in advocacy and in protecting fundamental standards in access to information. I look forward to working with our outstanding staff and trustees as well as many members of the library community to provide support in many new and critically important areas of library and research operations in the years ahead,” Mr. Kucsma said.
Mr. Kucsma has broad experience in library science including emerging technologies, digitization, and online and interactive research and learning programs, He was formerly Interim Director and, before that, Emerging Technologies Manager at METRO, working to expand and enrich METRO’s online presence and interactive capabilities. He also managed METRO's Digitization Grant Program and managed resources, training and referral services associated with digitization, digital preservation, and emerging technologies issues.
During his tenure as Emerging Technologies Manager at METRO, Mr. Kucsma also served as co-editor of Digitization in the Real World, published by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). The book is the first to present case study examples of small and medium-sized digitization projects, with information and guidance from library professionals for library professionals. Mr. Kucsma has also led multiple efforts at METRO to expand services in diverse areas including change management, strategic planning and professional development for library organizations.
Prior to joining METRO, Mr. Kucsma worked as the founder and publisher of Clamor, a nationally distributed, award-winning independent culture and politics magazine, and was a founding organizer of Allied Media Projects, a non-profit organization that hosts a national conference for independent media makers. Jason received his B.A. in interpersonal communication and his M.A. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University and an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science.