2017 Joey Rodger Leadership Award Winner

Joey Rodger WinnerLance M. Warner, Director, Kent District Library

Lance M. Werner is the Director of Kent District Library, a library system consisting of 18 branches that serve the residents of 27 municipalities in Kent County, Mich. Under Lance’s direction KDL has developed Michigan’s largest digital collection owned by a single public library. Mr. Werner has spearheaded initiatives to address rural poverty through the bridging of the digital divide by ensuring hotspots and iPads were available at KDL’s rural branches—initiatives that continue to grow. Prior to becoming the Director of KDL, Lance was the Director of the Capital Area District Library (Lansing, Mich.) and the Library Law Specialist at the Library of Michigan. Lance is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Michigan. He earned a J.D. from Michigan State University, and an M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University.