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California Library Hall of Fame: John Kallenberg
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John Kallenberg (1942-2011)

John Kallenberg began his library career in Anderson, IN, where he shelved books at the local public library. After acquiring his MLS degree from Indiana University, he joined the Fresno county library as an entry-level librarian in 1965. Six years later, he left to become assistant library director of Santa Barbara Public Library, eventually returning to Fresno as county librarian in 1976. He retired from Fresno in 2003. During his tenure there, Kallenberg initiated literacy and daycare outreach services, plus helped develop the library’s first Friends group. He also oversaw several building projects, including the construction of four new branches. One of his biggest accomplishments was the passage, in 1998, of Measure B, a one-eighth percent sales tax that provided millions of dollars to enhance library services. As president of the California Library Association in1987, Kallenberg worked with Patricia Beatty to establish the prestigious John and Patricia Beatty Award, which annually honors the author of a distinguished book for youth that best promotes an awareness of California and its people. Kallenberg was also appointed in 1990, 1994 and 1998, to serve on the California Library Services Board and was re-elected as Board president in 2003.



John Kallenberg was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2013. For more information about him, please see: