Greenwich Library announced this week that Kate Soboleva has been named Deputy Director. She fills the position vacated in January by Joe Williams when he became the Library’s new Director.
“Kate has been an indispensable member of our staff and community at Greenwich Library for the past five years, and this is a well-deserved promotion for her,” says Library Director Joe Williams. “She is a capable and inspiring leader who is fully dedicated to the service and mission of libraries, and I’m excited to tackle this new chapter and execute the Library’s new Strategic Plan with her.”
After earning her degree in Library Science with a concentration in academic libraries from Russia’s St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, Soboleva moved to the United States and earned her Master’s degree in Library Science, with a concentration in public libraries, at Southern Connecticut State University. She began her career at the Bethel Public Library in Bethel, Connecticut, advancing from volunteer to clerk, to library technical assistant (LTA), and finally Head of Adult Services.
Soboleva joined Greenwich Library in 2017 as the Information Team manager, taking charge of the Library’s largest department, which consists of approximately 40 full- and part-time staff. She has successfully supported strategic initiatives in multiple areas including training, software assessment, programming, and improving the patron experience.
She actively participated in evaluating and adding new services for the public, including reference chat, new calendar-of-events and spaces reservation software, and implementing Desk Tracker to collect reference statistics. Most recently, Soboleva co-chaired the Patron Services work group for the Library’s current strategic plan and contributed considerably to the development of that plan.