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421 S. McClelland Street • Santa Maria, CA 93454 • Phone: (805) 925-0994

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City Librarian

City phone: (805) 925-0994 ext. 321
City fax: (805) 922-2330


  • Master’s Degree, Public Administration (Cal State University Long Beach)
  • Master’s Degree, Library Science (University of Kentucky)
  • Managing Librarian, Monterey County Free Libraries
  • Acting Director, Pacific Grove Public Library
  • Branch Librarian, Orange County Public Library


  • Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Maria Affiliate Committee
  • Central Coast Literacy Council Board member
  • American Association of University Women, Santa Maria Chapter Chair
  • Black Gold Cooperative Library System
  • California Library Association
  • American Library Association


Oversees and directs operations of the Santa Maria Public Library and three County Branches in Library Zone III.

Mission Statement
The Santa Maria Public Library provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information to meet their personal, educational and professional needs. The Library features current, high demand, high interest materials in a variety of formats for persons of all ages in both Spanish and English. Special emphasis is placed on stimulating young children's interests to foster an appreciation for reading and learning.

2013-14 Goals/Objectives

  1. Initiate a process to develop a community needs assessment asking the public which currently offered library services they deem essential, and those they would like to see initiated, and seek funding for a consultant to develop a long-term library strategic plan.
  2. Enhance and promote library resources on the website for a more usable virtual library experience for remote users, and explore the feasibility of partially translating the library’s webpages into Spanish.
  3. Collaborate with community organizations to add digitized photographs of local interest to enhance the Public Library’s catalog for research and leisure.
  4. Continue to offer a wide variety of recreational, informational, and educational programs in the main and branch libraries (i.e. downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, instructing in the use of library databases and computer use) through outreach efforts for children, teens, adults, and seniors with the purpose of attracting new users and retaining current Library users.
  5. Work with volunteers and local community agencies to augment and/or initiate the provision of library programs for children and adults and technology resources in the branch library services areas of Cuyama, Guadalupe, and Orcutt.
  6. Continue to seek grant-funding opportunities to improve the materials collection and services provided at the main Library, as well as the equipment, furnishings, and materials at the various County-funded, City-operated branch libraries.
  7. Continue to offer children’s programs including early childhood “baby and me” story times, preschool and school age story times, class tours and school visits, special monthly programs for children, tweens, and teens and continue to form ties with area teens through programs and volunteerism.
  8. Ensure installation and implementation of advanced audio/visual system controls and state-of-the-art equipment in the library’s public meeting rooms.
  9. Further develop the Santa Maria Public Library Facebook page and other social media to attract library users to programs, collections, and activities at the main and branch libraries.
  10. Identify staff training needs and explore the feasibility of developing an annual staff training days for focusing on team building, customer service, and library training.

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