Gary Wasdin joins the Leather Archives and Museum in January 2018 as the new Executive Director. He brings with him over thirty years of senior management experience in libraries, nonprofits and the corporate sector. He most recently worked as a Senior Consultant with DJA Consulting, partnering with academic and public libraries on issues such as strategic planning, organizational development and inclusion.
Gary’s work in libraries has focused on making collections and services more accessible. He worked in the research collections of the New York Public Library where he developed educational programs built on the archives, manuscripts and ephemera of one of the largest and most important research libraries in the world. In Omaha, NE Gary led the development of a digital library called Do Space, a privately funded nonprofit that provides free access to technology and digital skills training for anyone curious to learn. In each of his roles Gary had significant responsibility for setting and articulating strategy, fundraising, overseeing staff and operations, being the spokesperson for the organization on campus and in the community, and providing programming and services for diverse constituencies.
Gary has served as an adjunct faculty member in the library science programs at Southern Connecticut State University, St. John’s University and Pratt Institute. He holds an MLS and an MA in English from Southern CT State University, and a BA in theater from Augusta (GA) College.