California Library Leaders Tell Their Stories

The California Library Leader Memory Project is now available. It’s an exciting resource for new and young library cllmp_logo_smallprofessionals and those aspiring to leadership within the library profession. Through oral histories, California library leaders tell their stories, share their experiences and collective professional memories.

Interviews were conducted by Michael Cart, who is the retired Beverly Hills Director of Library and Community Services. While at Beverly Hills, he was the host of a popular cable television author interview program, “In Print” and is a published author. Regular readers of this blog will also recognize him as the host of our book review podcast series.

Interviews were conducted with:

  • Jose Aponte, San Diego County Library Director
  • Betty Blackman, former Dean of University Library at California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Anne Cain, former County Librarian of Contra Costa County Library
  • Robert M. Hayes, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Library Service at University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Luis Herrera, San Francisco Public Library’s City Librarian
  • Stefan Moses, former Executive Director of the California Library Association
  • G. Ouye, former City Librarian of San Mateo City Library.
  • Jan Sanders, Pasadena Public Library Director
  • Mary Stephens, former County Librarian of Yolo County
  • Gary Strong, former California State Librarian: 1980-1994
  • Binnie Tate Wilkin, former Children’s Specialist of Los Angeles City Library

All interviews can be viewed at

Special thanks to the California Library Leader Memory Project Advisory Board for their invaluable assistance in shaping the project and helping identify the interviewees.

The California Library Leader Memory Project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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