City Librarian Luis Herrera Receives Award for Outstanding Service to Children from American Library Association

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March 11, 2014

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San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera Receives Award for

Outstanding Service to Children from American Library Association

The American Library Association has announced that the 2014 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Luis Herrera, San Francisco’s City Librarian. The annual Sullivan Award honors and recognizes a library administrator who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. The award will be presented at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, at the ALA President’s Program, Sunday, June 29.

The award cites Herrera’s passion and exceptional support for public library services to children in a wide range and scope.

Mayor Edwin M. Lee, in his support of Herrera’s nomination for the Sullivan Award, stated “I have been proud to see what a central role the San Francisco Public Library plays in the lives of our city’s families… Herrera has championed the program to ensure San Francisco’s 27 neighborhood branch libraries are updated, accessible and welcoming to children and families.”

Lee also noted Herrera’s creation of San Francisco Public Library’s Tricycle Music Fest West, an early literacy-themed series of library concerts for children that “draws award-winning musicians to San Francisco and ignites the rock-and-roll spirits of thousands of our families with young children.”

“The 2014 Sullivan Award committee was unanimous in their selection of Luis Herrera,” said Dodie Ownes, 2014 jury chair. “The excellent nomination packet conveyed Luis’s wide ranging impact on our profession,” noted Kathleen Reif, jury member and 2013 Sullivan award winner. Another stated “Luis Herrera is the personification of a library administrator who supports children’s services at the highest level.”

City Librarian Luis Herrera has long held professional leadership positions, both in the State of California as well as nationally. As former President of the Public Library Association (PLA) Board, he was instrumental in negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement between PLA and the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) that institutionalized and provided funding for Every Child Ready to Read, a widely adopted and successful national library program model.

San Francisco Public Library patrons have long benefited from Herrera’s leadership and focus on children’s services. He has supported the development and deployment of many child-friendly programs, including robust childcare provider service; Baby Rhyme Time, Lapsit Storytime, and Stay And  Play; the first multi-year partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District; and procured an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for a Teen Digital Media Center.

As a member of the IMLS Board of Directors, Herrera endorsed the 2012 partnership between IMLS, the Office of Head Start, and the Administration of Children and Family’s (ACF) Office of Childcare, as well the Growing Young Minds project. Herrera’s collaborative work also helped create a partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and the support of a 2012 IMLS research brief, Children’s Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm.

Luis Herrera is a long time and active member of REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, since his graduation from the University of Arizona until today. He also was recognized as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2012.