The new director of Douglas County Libraries has big plans for some major upgrades to enhance technology and increase attendance at all the locations, especially Parker. Robert Pasicznyuk has previously served as a director for Iowa’s Cedar Rapids Public Library, before taking over for retired director Jamie LaRue, who served for 23 years.
With experience in helping with the Cedar Rapids libraries to come back after flood damage, Pasicznyuk has acted as the project manager for two building projects worth $46.6 million and a $2.5 million. Calling LaRue a mentor he is excited to follow in his footsteps to continue building a great library system for metro Denver. “He was a mentor of mine and it’s an honor to be following him and building on his work,” Pasicznyuk said in a recent article by the Parker Chronicle.
Before becoming the director Pasicznyuk spent about 10 years in various library districts, including six in Douglas County Libraries. “It’s the No. 1 library in the nation in its category.” he said in the article. “That’s just a really tempting position to compete for, so I threw my hat in the ring.” They made their decision partly because of his experience in technology, and also his vision for its role within the libraries.
As the new director his first goal is to ensure the Parker libraries are up to speed. Replacements of the Lone Tree and Castle Pines branches are necessary, and it will be a huge challenge for Pasicznyuk to overcome. According to the article, he said the library has engaged architects about the project and that residents can hope to see the new branches completed in three to five years.