About Scott Jarzombek
Scott Jarzombek is a compelling, forward-thinking leader who serves as a strong advocate for any organization he leads. He is currently the Executive Director of the Albany Public Library, operating seven branches with a budget of $9.6 million and 146 staff.
Jarzombek began his career as a digital literacy instructor at APL, running an award-winning and nationally recognized computer camp. As head of the Poughkeepsie Library District’s Youth Services Department, he coordinated the opening of a 7,000-square-foot youth services floor. While director of the Pawling Library, he temporarily expanded hours after Hurricane Sandy, making the library the primary location for those without power and connectivity.
Over the last five years, Jarzombek has led the Albany Public Library in multiple initiatives. The library has expanded hours, programs, and staff. It has made enhancements to facilities, including exterior bike repair stations, public art, and green space. It has kept at the forefront of library service, going fine free and providing Wi-Fi in select city parks in 2019.
Jarzombek’s biggest strength is organizational change and fiscal oversight; he was responsible for the refinancing of twenty million dollars in bonds and securing nearly half a million dollars in PILOT payments. In 2016 and 2018, APL was recognized as a “Top Workplace” by the Albany Times Union. However, he views his most significant contribution as the establishment of an annual “community report” campaign, with over 20 public presentations across the city in two months—strengthening the library’s brand and public support.