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City Librarian Nominated by President Obama

City Librarian Luis Herrera Nominated by President Obama to National Museum and Library Services Board

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

March 12, 2012

City Librarian Luis Herrera Nominated by President Obama to National Museum and Library Services Board

San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera was nominated today by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. The announcement from The White House, Office of the Press Secretary can be seen here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/09/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts.

Mr. Herrera, who was recently named Librarian of the Year 2012 by Library Journal magazine, has served as City Librarian since 2005. He oversees San Francisco’s 28 libraries.

"Thanks to Luis Herrera’s leadership, San Francisco’s public libraries are a source of civic pride that enrich the cultural fabric of our community,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This presidential nomination to the national board is richly deserved for our City Librarian who has ensured that the San Francisco Public Library is well positioned for generations to come."

The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is an advisory body that includes 20 presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Informed by its collectively vast experience and knowledge, the NMLSB advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service. IMLS Director Susan Hildreth is a former San Francisco City Librarian.

Mr. Herrera also serves as chair of the California Council for Humanities and on the Steering Committee for the Digital Public Library of America.

As San Francisco’s City Librarian, Mr. Herrera has led the City through the largest capital improvement program in the library’s history, leading the completion of 22 new or renovated branch libraries throughout San Francisco. He has helped build San Francisco Public Library’s reputation as one that honors tradition while embracing innovation, follows through on promises, empowers staff leadership, and demonstrates a clear commitment to serving the diverse needs of San Francisco.

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