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Regina Minudri (1937- )
After working in various public libraries in northern California, Regina Minudri became director of the Berkeley Public Library in 1977. After the devastating effects of Prop 13 on public library financing, Regina was the first library director in the state who turned to the voters to secure a library tax in 1980, and made the tax permanent with another 2/3's vote in 1988. Starting the Berkeley Tool Lending Library (later adopted by other Bay Area libraries) was her original idea. She was also a lecturer for the UC Berkeley library school, starting in 1978 and the San Jose Library School some years later.
Minudri worked closely with both school and academic librarians as president of the California Library Association in 1981, testifying on behalf of both groups in the legislature. In 1985, she was elected vice-president/president-elect of the American Library Association, where she held several leadership positions over the years.
Minudri retired from the Berkeley Public Library in 1994, but was called out of retirement in 1997 to head San Francisco Public Library. She was so well-respected that the Library Commission felt she could turn around the library, which at the time was struggling through several major crises. She remained there until 1999. Minudri’s more than 35 years in librarianship have focused on services to youth, responsiveness to the public's library needs, and participatory management. For more information on Regina Minudri, please see: