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Susan Hildreth

Susan Hildreth State Librarian of California Susan Hildreth, who Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed in July 2004, has a distinguished 30-year career as a leader in public libraries.

As State Librarian, Hildreth manages an annual budget of over $88 million in state and federal funds. She oversees the California State Library as it supports California libraries and cultural institutions in providing for the continued growth of the intellectual, technological, cultural and social literacy of California's diverse populations.

Previously Hildreth was the City Librarian of San Francisco and Deputy City Librarian. While leading the San Francisco Public Library, Hildreth managed an annual operating budget of over $58 million and oversaw San Francisco Public's $130 million capital improvement program.

Prior to her tenure in San Francisco, Hildreth was the planning consultant for the Library Development Services Bureau of the California State Library, the Deputy Director for Support Services for the Sacramento Public Library, the County Librarian for the Auburn-Placer County Library, and the 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 currently the President of the Public Library Association (PLA). She has been a member of the PLA Board of Directors and an at-large member of the elected governing Council of the American Library Association. She also is 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.