Welcome Brian Kopetsky, our new Library Director!

The Elisha D. Smith Public Library is pleased to announce Brian Kopetsky as its next Library Director. Kopetsky succeeds Vicki Lenz who retired in mid-March after nearly ten years.

The Assistant Director of the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids since 2015, Kopetsky has a bachelor’s degree in information resources and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has a special interest in teaching and developing youth, including working with the Valley New School as the Technology Chair of their Governance Board, and serving on the Mayor’s Youth Council while in Wisconsin Rapids.

Previously, Kopetsky was employed by the Appleton Public Library from 2007-2015, during which time he was the Community Partnerships Supervisor, Vice President of the Fox Cities Book Festival, and Chair of the Wisconsin Library Association Public Library Division (WAPL).

According to library Board President Bob Golz, Kopetsky’s responsibilities will include overseeing programming, operations, and library staff, as well as community outreach and technological resourcing and innovation. “The way our society receives and communicates information is rapidly changing, which is especially evident since the Covid pandemic,” said Golz. “The goal of the Elisha D. Smith Public Library in Menasha is not only to adapt to these changes, but rather to lead the way, shaping the library of the future and meeting the needs of the communities we serve. With his combined experience and education, Brian is uniquely qualified to step into the role of library director."