October 21-23 preconference workshops October 20 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California

Susan Hildreth

Professor of Practice, Aspen Institute Felow
Information School
former Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
University of Washington

Susan Hildreth  was appointed in August 2016 as the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle, WA.  She recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System, Pacific Library Partnership and the Califa Group. She also serves as an Aspen Fellow in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in support of the Dialogue on the Future of Public Libraries.   Susan served as the director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed post. She served a 4-year term from January 2011 – January 2015.

Hildreth is the former city librarian of Seattle where she managed the Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new and expanded branches. The Library operated on a $50 million budget, had approximately 650 staff members, served more than 14 million visitors, and circulated nearly 12 million books and materials in 2010.

Hildreth was the former state librarian of California, where she managed a $70 million budget supporting library and research services for the state government and funding and consultation for California libraries.

 Before her 2004 appointment by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hildreth was city librarian of San Francisco, overseeing an annual operating budget of more than $58 million and a $130 million building program. She also served in leadership positions at the Sacramento Public Library, the Placer County Library, the Benicia Public Library and the Yolo County Library. She began her career in New Jersey. 

Susan is the Treasurer of the American Library Association serving from 2016-2019.  She also was president of the Public Library Association and served on its board of directors. She was an elected member of the council that governs the American Library Association. She is a longtime member of the California Library Association and served as its president and treasurer.

 Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a master's degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master's degree in business from Rutgers University.

 Susan was raised and educated on the east coast and moved to California in 1980. She raised her two daughters in Davis and lived in the Sacramento and Bay Area region for almost 30 years.  She recently resided in Walnut Creek, CA, and is glad to return to Seattle for her professorship.

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Sunday October 16, 2016

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

W6: Roadmap: Planning for a Successful Library Future

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Sunday October 25, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

W10: Public Library Strategies for Success - This workshop has been canceled

Wednesday October 28, 2015

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Future of Libraries: Challenges & Strategies


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