Christopher J. Korenowsky, the service area manager of both the New Albany and Reynoldsburg branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, has been hired as director of professional development for the Ohio Library Council, effective Feb. 4.

Christopher J. Korenowsky, the service area manager of both the New Albany and Reynoldsburg branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, has been hired as director of professional development for the Ohio Library Council, effective Feb. 4.

Korenowsky, 37, has worked in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system for almost 18 years, the last two as service area manager of the Reynoldsburg branch, and the last five in the same capacity at the New Albany branch.

He also worked as a training specialist for the organizational development department, library assistant, clerk and page.

Korenowsky said the Ohio Library Council job was an opportunity he could not pass up.

He will fill the vacancy left when former director Wayne Piper retired after 15 years.

"The Ohio Library Council is transitioning from a longtime, highly regarded director of professional development (Wayne Piper) who has just been a bedrock within the library community," Korenowsky said.

"Finding focus with my first year on the job is really to meet the commitments that are on the books for 2009," he said.

While there are many challenges ahead for public libraries, Korenowsky said, he is confident the industry will remain steadfast working toward developing the best possible workforce for the customers who use their facilities across the state.

Korenowsky has extensive experience in library management and staff training. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1996 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, and received a master of library and informational sciences degree from Kent State University in 2003.

He said he has focused his professional development in areas of instructional design, project management, human resources and public policy.

He is a 2004 graduate of Library Leadership Ohio and has attended a number of training sessions sponsored by the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, Langevin Learning Services and Developmental Dimensions International.

Of his experience with the Reynoldsburg library and its staff, Korenowsky said he could not have had a better run throughout his years with the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

"I had the good fortune to work with a team of people who were dynamic, talented and so committed and I wouldn't trade that experience with anything. It was a wonderful time," he said.

Tony Howard, assistant service area manager in charge of youth services at the Reynoldsburg branch, said the process of finding a replacement for Korenowsky has begun.

Howard said he, too, is leaving the Reynoldsburg branch March 5. He has accepted a position as service area manager of the Karl Road and Northern Lights branches of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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