Bill Ptacek is the Director of the King County Library System (KCLS), which was named the busiest library system in the United States in 2010 and Library Journal’s 2011 Library of the Year.
Mr. Ptacek began his career at the Chicago Public Library, and worked as the Director of the Idaho Falls and Louisville Free Public Library Systems before coming to KCLS in 1989. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois, a Masters Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York and an Advanced Degree in Administration from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Ptacek is an active member of the Public Library Association and is a past recipient of its Charlie Robinson Award, which honors a public library director who is recognized as a risk taker, innovator and change agent.
Mr. Ptacek has been involved in a number of community activities, including the King County Board of Developmental Disabilities, United Way King County Advisory Board, Bellevue Arts Commission and Bellevue Rotary Club. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington’s Information School and serves on advisory committees for the University of Washington Bothell and Seattle University.