The Winter Park Library Association Board of Trustees announced its selection of Sabrina Bernat to serve as the library’s new Executive Director beginning December 9.
“Sabrina is a forward-thinking, creative and inspiring leader who has her finger on the pulse about how libraries across the world are evolving to meet the 21st century needs of their communities,” said Brad Doster, Chair of the Winter Park Library Association Board of Trustees. “She is the perfect candidate to lead the Winter Park Library into its exciting new chapter.”
Following a comprehensive national search, the Trustees chose Ms. Bernat with 13 years of library experience, five years as the Assistant Director at the Winter Park Public Library. In her role as Assistant Director, she’s helped shape the library’s expansion of classes and events, digital services and community outreach.
Ms. Bernat participated in 2016 The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries to help advance the work that libraries are doing across the U.S. to address community challenges and to support the transformation of the Winter Park community and its library in the digital age.
Passionate about creating the best possible customer experiences within the library, Ms. Bernat has worked hand-in-hand with city staff and the architectural team on the interior planning of the new library scheduled to open in 2021.
“I couldn’t be more honored to step into this new role and serve the community,” said Bernat. “Together with our educational, civic and philanthropic partners, we’re creating a world-class, 21st century library that will deliver more education, more resident connections, and more services to improve the lives of the individuals and families in our community.”
Ms. Bernat holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida.
“The Library Board is enthusiastic about Ms. Bernat’s ability to lead Winter Park’s much beloved institution into the future with its aspiration to be the intellectual gathering place that unites and inspires our community,” said Doster.