Watson named the new Broward County Libraries Director

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Kelvin Watson (2006 Scholar) has been named the new Broward County Libraries Director, effective February 26, 2017. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President for Queens Library in New York City.

"We are excited to have someone with the depth of industry experience and successful community engagement as Kelvin brings to Broward County" said Bertha Henry, County Administrator. "I am confident that his experience in expanding digital and traditional service delivery will enhance our already robust offering of library, online, and mobile services. I know that his talents will positively impact our library's growing role as a cultural and civic enrichment center for all of our residents."

Watson is credited with innovative community outreach to establishments who have not been active patrons of the library system such as community centers, hospitals and jails. His background in addressing the digital divide has helped patrons understand how to use technology and realize how impactful these tools can be in their lives.

Kelvin has previously held positions including the National Agricultural Library, The Library Corporation, Ingram Library Services, Borders Group, Inc., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is also the past president of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Kelvin has also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Active US Army and Army Reserves. Kelvin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Military Science from Lincoln University in Missouri. He also has his Masters of Library Science Degree from North Carolina Central University.

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