March 30, 2018
Note to editor: Pam Hickson-Stevenson will be available for interviews beginning the week of April 2, 2018.
(Akron) Pamela Hickson-Stevenson has been named director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, effective April 2, 2018. She formerly was the deputy director for 12 years, and succeeds David Jennings, who retired in February 2018. Hickson-Stevenson is the first female director since 1927.
“Pam has been outstanding in serving the library in numerous ways,” said Ray Weber, President, Library Board of Trustees. “With her broad range of experience and passion for public library service, we look forward to having her lead the Akron-Summit County Public Library to the next level.”
Before she began at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Hickson-Stevenson served as director of the Portage County, Wadsworth and Wayne County public libraries and as assistant director of the Elyria Public Library.
Active in various community organizations, Hickson-Stevenson serves on the boards of the International Institute of Akron and Ohio Living Rockynol. She also is a member of the Advisory Group for the Akron Financial Empowerment Center in Kenmore and is active in Leadership Akron. Previously she was a member of the South Portage, Wooster and Wadsworth Rotary Clubs. She also served on the boards of Medina County Project: LEARN and United Way of Wooster.
Hickson-Stevenson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mount Union College and a Master of Science in Library Science degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is a Certified Ohio Public Librarian. Her professional contributions include having served as member of the governing council of the American Library Association and president of the Ohio Library Council, the NOLA Regional Library System and the North Central Library Cooperative. She also has served as an adjunct instructor at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science where she taught courses in public libraries and library management.