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Wayne Onkst to Lead Kentucky Librarians

October 5, 2006

Known for his dedication to youth services, love for genealogy and historical document preservation, and successful library building projects, Wayne Onkst, Kenton County Public Library Director, has been named to take over as Kentucky State Librarian/Commissioner.

He succeeds James Nelson, whose recent retirement coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Library Association.

Following rumors throughout the state yesterday, this writer found the news made official by The Kentucky Post.

Of extreme interest to the world of Library 2.0, Kenton County Public Library has developed under Wayne’s leadership as a premier Kentucky public library.

Their content managed website has drawn rave reviews.  They blog.  They flickr.  They feed.  Their presence online has been appreciated by Library Stuff and David Lee King.

As Kenton County Public Library’s vision, preserving yesterday, enriching today, inspiring tomorrow, catapults Wayne Onkst into his new role, Kentuckian’s and library professionals everywhere can expect libraries to continue to build community far and wide.

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