California State Library welcomes Aldrich to Sacramento, applauds Robertson and St. Mary careers

Stacey Aldrich, whom Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed in June, will be California’s new Deputy State Librarian. After a move from Omaha, Nebraska where she excelled as Assistant Director of the Omaha Public Library, Aldrich will start at the California State Library in Sacramento August 6, 2007.

Working closely with State Librarian Susan Hildreth to develop the California State Library’s service program, Aldrich will assist in overseeing the California State Library’s programs and managing the operation of the library’s $89.7 million budget. She will administer the Library Development Services Bureau, which is responsible for the distribution of all federal and state local assistance, and the Information Technology Bureau. Aldrich will also advise Hildreth on new initiatives and major statewide library program directions.

Of Aldrich’s appointment, Hildreth says, “Stacey Aldrich has a richly deserved national reputation as both an innovative library futurist, and as an inspiring and creative library leader. I am most grateful to the Governor for having appointed her and am excited to bring Stacey to California so that California’s library community can benefit from her vision and experience.”

Aldrich has over 15-years experience in the administration and development of the nation’s libraries. As Assistant Director of the Omaha Public Library since 2005, she has not only been responsible for a $9.8 million budget and staff of 150, but has also led that urban library system as it has implemented emerging electronic library service programs. Between 1996 and 2005, Aldrich, as Branch Chief of Public Libraries and State Networking Branch for the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services, helped provide leadership, research, training, and planning to Maryland’s twenty-seven public library systems. Aldrich has also worked at the Washington DC futuring think-tank, Coates and Jarratt, Inc., and the Hood College Library in Frederick, Maryland, where, from 1992-1996, she helped integrate new library technologies and created and maintained the library website.

In California in 2007, Aldrich served as a presenter for Infopeople, the state’s premier professional library training organization. Aldrich delivered seven workshops to a total of 146 librarians as part of the library leadership series, “Building Leadership Skills: Planning for the Future.”

Aldrich is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Nebraska Library Association, and the Association of Professional Futurists. She has a Master of Arts in Librarianship and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.

For the full-text of Governor Schwarzenegger’s press release please visit: http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/6590/.

Look for an in-depth interview with Aldrich in fall 2007 issue of CSL Connection.

Robertson, St. Mary retire after dedicated California State Library careers

Aldrich succeeds Cameron D. Robertson, who retired April 30, 2007. For more than 30 years, Cameron D. Robertson’s work for the California State Library as a library administrator, library financial planner, and literacy campaigner, enabled California libraries to thrive as cultural cornerstones of California communities. Robertson’s meticulous logistical planning on behalf of libraries helped these crucial California institutions to meet the evolving information needs of their 21st century customers. Just one example of Robertson’s extraordinary triumph at the California State Library was the opening of Library and Courts II at 900 N Street in May of 1994: Robertson developed and implemented the financial and logistical plan for the astounding building’s construction.

Also retiring from the California State Library in September 2007, is the distinguished government administrator, Andrew St. Mary.

Look for a profile of St. Mary in the fall 2007 issue of CSL Connection.

  

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