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Akron-Summit County Public Library has named Barbara White as Deputy Director, effective July 30. She succeeds former Deputy Director, Pamela Hickson-Stevenson, who was named Library Director in April. White was previously the Neighborhood Services Manager.

Barb White photo“Barb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role at the library. I look forward to working with her as we continue to serve the community with innovative programs, technology and materials,” said Library Director Pam Hickson-Stevenson.

White has served the Library and its customers for 27 years. Prior to her role as Neighborhood Services Manager, White was the Highland Square/West Hill Branch Manager and Early Childhood Librarian for 15 years. Earlier, she served as a Mobile Services children’s librarian, audiovisual services librarian at Main Library, and as school-age/young adult librarian at the McDowell Branch, now known as the Fairlawn-Bath Branch Library.

White earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Classics/Fine Arts from New York University and a Master of Science in Library Science from Kent State University. Her professional contributions include service on the Ohio Library Council and in Ohio Voices for Learning, and numerous presentations to library staff and early childhood educators in Ohio, as well as nationally and internationally. White was a 2010 recipient of the Ohio Department of Education’s Irene Bandy-Hedden Early Childhood Leadership Award for Community Leadership.

White currently serves on the AkronReads Steering Committee, the Akron-Summit Holocaust Commemoration Committee, and the On the Table Greater Akron Planning Committee. Additionally, she works collaboratively with the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, ASCA Head Start, Summit DD, and numerous other community agencies and organizations.