President Obama Appoints Luis Herrera To Serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board

November 16, 2012

President Obama Appoints Luis Herrera To Serve on the
National Museum and Library Services Board

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Washington, DCCity Librarian Luis HerreraYesterday, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg administered the oath of office, officially swearing in eight new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board appointed by President Barack Obama.  The board is the advisory body for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Members of the board are selected to serve based on their expertise and commitment to libraries or museums.

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth said, “I am delighted to welcome Mr. Luis Herrera to the board. Through his service he will help libraries and museums throughout the United States contribute to the educational, cultural and civic life of our nation.  Mr. Herrera is a well-recognized expert and we are looking forward to having his strategic advice to strengthen IMLS’s grant making, research and policy advisory roles.”

Luis Herrera is the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he is responsible for the administration of the city’s 28 libraries. Previously, Mr. Herrera served as the Director of Information Services for Pasadena Public Library, the Deputy Director of the San Diego Public Library, and Associate Director of the Long Beach Public Library in California. In January 2012, Mr. Herrera was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year. Mr. Herrera serves as Chair of the California Council for Humanities and was appointed to serve on the Steering Committee for the Digital Public Library of America in 2011. He served on the Library Advisory Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Herrera earned a B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso, an M.L.S. from the University of Arizona, and an M.P.A. from California State University.

For more information about the National Museum and Library Services Board visit the Institute’s Web site at www.imls.gov/about/board.shtm.

About the National Museum and Library Services Board

The National Museum and Library Services Board is an advisory body that includes the director and deputy directors of Institute of Museum and Library Service and twenty presidentially appointed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Informed by its collectively vast experience and knowledge, the Board advises the IMLS director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  Follow us on Twitter @US_IMLS