Biography of Susan Hildreth


Susan Hildreth Susan Hildreth served as State Librarian of California from Aug 2, 2004 to Feb 13, 2009. As State Librarian, she oversaw the State Library's support of California libraries and cultural institutions as they worked for the continued intellectual, technological, and cultural growth of California's diverse populations, and directed the State Library as it provided library and research services for California state employees, the Legislature, and the Governor's office.

After leaving the State Library, Hildreth served as City Librarian of Seattle Public Library before being appointed Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C. Hildreth recently ended her four-year term, but her distinguished 30-plus year career as a leader in public libraries continues. On March 1, 2015, she assumed the role of Executive Director of three associated organizations: the Peninsula Library System, a consortium of 35 public and community college libraries serving San Mateo County; the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation that includes Peninsula Library System as well as Bay Area Library and Information System, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System, and Silicon Valley Library System; and Califa, a nonprofit multi-library cooperative that provides services and programs to 220 plus libraries throughout California and beyond.

Prior to arriving at the State Library, Hildreth was City Librarian of San Francisco and Deputy City Librarian; planning consultant for the Library Development Services bureau of the California State Library; Deputy Director for Support Services for the Sacramento Public Library; County Librarian for the Auburn-Placer County Library; and Library Director for the Benicia Public Library. She also worked at the Yolo County Library and began her career at the Edison Township Library in New Jersey.

Active in professional associations throughout her career, Hildreth is past president of the Public Library Association (PLA) and has served as a member of the PLA Board of Directors and an at-large member of the governing Council of the American Library Association. She is also a long-time member of the California Library Association, for which she served as 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 as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.