Michael J. Wasilick
Michael J. Wasilick is the Director of Wake County Public Libraries (WCPL). Mike began his work in libraries in Adult Services at the Bosler Free Library in Carlisle, Pa., and district consultant librarian for Monessen (Pa.) Public Library.
Wake County Public Libraries hired Mike in 1986 as Adult Services manager at the Northwest Regional Library. During 23 years with Wake County, Mike has held numerous positions, including library manager of the Cary Community Library, and regional library supervisor of the East, North and Southeast regional libraries.
As supervisor of the North Regional Library, Mike managed the busiest library in North Carolina and, with his staff, introduced innovations system-wide, such as the first Internet public-access computers and the first Libraries’ Web page.
Mike wrote the 2002 and 2006 Library Master Plans, which provided the basis for the $35 million and $45 million public bond requests, respectively. Voters approved both requests by large margins. He also developed the library system’s building prototypes and operating models, including the addition of children’s librarians in all libraries.
Mike helped initiate the Libraries’ audio book collection, implement centralized book ordering, establish Staff Development Day, and institute the shared collection concept in Wake County. He was responsible for the community library construction projects at Wake Forest, Green Road and Leesville Road and the expansion of Duraleigh Road Library. Mike provided oversight for the East and North Regional Library construction projects.
He is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association and North Carolina Library Association and has presented workshops for these organizations.
Mike is a native of Pennsylvania. He received bachelor's and master’s degrees from Duquesne University and his master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Among Mike’s favorite books are those on Philadelphia sports, such as Occasional Glory (Phillies) or Last Team Standing (Eagles); history, like Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin; fiction by Dan Brown; and from childhood, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Deputy Library Director
Ann M. Burlingame
Ann Burlingame is the Deputy Director of Wake County Public Libraries. Ann’s first professional position was in 1988 as children’s librarian at the public library in East Brunswick, New Jersey. There, she developed her commitment to children’s services and learned the importance of outstanding quality public service for all library customers.
Ann began her tenure with Wake County Public Libraries in 1990 as the head of Youth Services for the North Regional Library, the busiest library in North Carolina. Six years later, she became library manager at the County’s Wake Forest Public Library. As manager at Wake Forest, Ann oversaw the construction of an expanded, modern facility, and the library significantly increased its book circulation, number of children’s programs and volume of customers.
In 2000, Ann was hired as regional library supervisor for eastern Wake County, where her responsibilities included overseeing the new East Regional Library in Knightdale, as well as the libraries in Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. In 2006, she was named assistant director for Library Operations, taking on the duties of preparing and managing the Libraries’ annual operating budget and helping direct library services in eastern and western Wake County.
Ann served as president of the Children’s Service Section of the North Carolina Library Association and on the Youth Advisory Committee for the State Library Commission. She has presented workshops throughout the state on children’s programming, library management, customer service and collection development. She has also taught Children’s Literature in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina. Ann is also a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.
A native of Texas, Ann graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso cum laude and earned a master’s degree in Library Science, specializing in services to children, from the University of North Texas.
Ann favors books whose characters show resilience in difficult situations, such as Joy School by Elizabeth Berg, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Stuart Little by E.B. White and Goose by Molly Bang.