Monthly Archives: December 2017

City Librarian Luis Herrera Announces Retirement

For Immediate Release:  December 28, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
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City Librarian Luis Herrera Announces Retirement

San Francisco, CA – Luis Herrera, City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, announced his retirement, effective late February 2018.

“Today is a bittersweet day,” began the message sent to all staff by Herrera.  “Together, we have ensured that the San Francisco Public Library remains a welcoming, vital and integral part of San Francisco life.”

Herrera’s tenure ushered in a new era of library service – one with increased equity and access.  The branch libraries were transformed through the Branch Library Improvement Program, spaces were repurposed at the Main Library to create The Mix teen digital center and The Bridge at Main literacy and learning center, and numerous partnerships were formed to foster myriad learning opportunities, innovative and accessible programs and civic engagement for San Francisco residents.  Most recently, Herrera worked with Mayor Ed Lee to ensure that all San Francisco libraries are open seven days a week.

luis-1Herrera has held various positions in the library profession for more than 40 years. In 2012, he was named the Librarian of the Year by Library Journal magazine. Before coming to San Francisco, Herrera served as the Director of Information Services for Pasadena Public Library and the Deputy Director of the San Diego and Long Beach Library systems in California.  He has served as President of both the Public Library Association and the California Library Association and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Herrera is the immediate past Chair of Cal Humanities and served on the Board of the Digital Public Library of America.  He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Following Herrera’s departure, the Mayor’s Office plans to appoint Deputy City Librarian Michael Lambert as Acting City Librarian. Lambert has been Deputy City Librarian since March 2014 and has served in four urban libraries during his more than 25 year career. The San Francisco Department of Human Resources will work with a recruitment firm on a national search for a replacement. The Library Commission will vet candidates and forward suggested names to the Mayor for appointment. In the past, this process has taken several months.

About San Francisco Public Library:
San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches, the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

Joyce Carol Oates on It Occurs to Me That I Am America

For Immediate Release:  December 13, 2017
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
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Joyce Carol Oates on It Occurs to Me That I Am America

In time for the one-year anniversary of the Trump inauguration and the Women’s March


San Francisco, CA –San Francisco Public Library is proud to host author Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with editor Jonathan Santlofer, at the Main Library on January 23, 2018. They will discuss It Occurs To Me That I Am America:  New Stories and Art, a provocative, unprecedented anthology, featuring original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

When Donald Trump claimed victory last November, the U.S. literary world erupted in indignation. Many of America’s leading writers and artists openly resist the current administration’s dogma and earliest policy moves, and they’re not about to go gently into that good night. In It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, more than thirty of the most acclaimed modern writers consider the fundamental ideals of a free, just and compassionate democracy—through fiction.

Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

The book “aims to address the anxiety many Americans are feeling about losing the freedoms for which we’ve fought; to remind us of America as an international symbol of hope; and considers the most basic notion of all: what it means to be an American” says Jonathan Santlofer.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author most recently of the novel A Book of American Martyrs and the story collection DIS MEM BER. She is a recipient of the National Book Award, the National Humanities Medal, the PEN/Malamud Award in Short Fiction, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN America, among other honors. She has been a professor at Princeton University for many years and is currently Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University; in the spring term she is Visiting Professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. Her forthcoming novel is Hazards of Time Travel.

Jonathan Santlofer is the award-winning crime fiction author of The Death Artist and Anatomy of Fear, and the editor of Inherit the Dead, The Dark End of the Street, and LA Noire: The Collected Stories. His memoir, The Widower’s Notebook, will be published in July 2018.

A book sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

Joyce Carol Oates and Jonathan Santlofer:  It Occurs to Me That I Am America – Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.