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California Library Hall of Fame: Susan Hildreth
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 Susan Hildreth (1951-)

Susan Hildreth began her professional career in California at the Yolo County Library before becoming director of the Benicia Public Library. She also worked for Placer County Library and Sacramento Public Library. In 2001, she became director of the San Francisco Public Library until 2004, when she was appointed state librarian of California. As state librarian, she oversaw a $350 million public library construction bond program as well as a $128 million cultural facilities bond program. Hildreth left California in 2009 to become director of Seattle Public Library, but left there two years later when she was appointed by president Barack Obama to serve as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). While there, she worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission and other federal agencies to ensure availability of broadband capacity and digital literacy nationwide, specifically focusing on underserved populations. When her tenure at IMLS ended in 2015, she briefly returned to California before becoming the first “professor of practice” at the University of Washington Information School. Hildreth is currently a fellow at the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries and is finishing her term as treasurer of the American Library Association. She served as California Library Association (CLA) president in 2004 and received the first annual CLA member of the year award in 1993.

Susan Hildreth was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2019. For more information, please see:

 Photo source: @SusanHHildreth (Twitter account)