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

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


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


  • Central Coast Literacy Council Board member
  • County of Santa Barbara Library Advisory Committee
  • Cuyama Valley Community Association
  • AB86 Adult Education Consortium Planning Project, Allan Hancock College
  • 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 English and Spanish languages. Special emphasis is placed on stimulating young children's interests to foster an appreciation for reading and learning.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Provide a wide variety of recreational, informational, and educational programs in the Main and Branch Libraries (i.e. health programs, instructing and using electronic resources, movies) for children, teens, adults, and seniors with the purpose of attracting new users and retaining regular patrons.
  2. Build partnerships with local organizations, veterans groups, area schools and museums that can be used to seek grants to enable the Library to better serve the community.
  3. Seek grants to improve the materials, equipment, furnishings, and services provided at the Main Library and the various County-funded, City-operated Branch libraries.
  4. Reach out to underserved populations by attending a wide variety of community and school events and providing bilingual brochures in an effort to identify new services, advertise current library services, and encourage new users and families to visit the Library.
  5. Develop a Library Plan of Service by conducting a survey of the public, analyzing community demographics, evaluating current library service and program practices in survey feedback, and identifying three to five year goals and objectives for each division.
  6. Collaborate with community organizations in the City and Library Zone 3 to add digitized photographs of local interest to enhance the Library’s catalog for research and leisure.
  7. Develop and implement a plan for Library staff training in the areas of team building, sensitivity to diverse and the underserved populations, customer service, communication skills, and safe work practices.
  8. Recruit and train community volunteers to augment and enhance library services and programs for the public such as providing one-on-one computer training sessions, staffing a homework assistance center and the lobby information desk.
  9. Reassess the use of the second-floor career center and explore the feasibility of other viable uses for that area to attract more users to the Library.
  10. Reestablish County branch library service in the Los Alamos community in a leased building on the Olga Reed Elementary School site and in cooperation with the Orcutt Union School District and the Friends of the Los Alamos Library.

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