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Mr. Luis Herrera

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Board Member

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco , California 94102
United States

Company Description: The San Francisco Public Library system includes the beautiful Main Library, a 375,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, 27 library branches in a variety of...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M.P.A.
    California State University
  • B.S.
    University of Texas at El Paso
  • M.L.S.
    University of Arizona
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Luis Herrera (ALA Chapter ..., 8 July 2014 [cached]
Luis Herrera (ALA Chapter Councilor)
Luis Herrera (ALA Chapter Councilor)
Director San Francisco Public Library
Latino Community Foundation, 28 Oct 2014 [cached]
Luis Herrera Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Luis Herrera as the City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco in 1995.
Prior to becoming San Francisco's City Librarian, Mr. Herrera served as Director of Information Services for the City of Pasadena. As the Director of Information Services, Mr. Herrera was responsible for managing the City's public library system, which includes a central library and nine community libraries.
From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Herrera served as Deputy Director of the San Diego Public Library, where his responsibilities included managing the City's 32 branch libraries, a division with a budget of over $8.5 million, 400 employees and six branch library-building projects. Between 1983 through 1989, he was Associate Director of Long Beach Public Library, where he managed the City's eleven branch libraries and adult literacy program. Herrera is also a former middle school librarian.
Mr. Herrera has served on many professional and community boards throughout his career including the American Library Association, Pacific Oaks College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Library Foundation. He has also served as president of the Public Library Association, the California Library Association and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking.
Mr. Herrera holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona. He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach where he received the Future Urban Administrator Award. Luis is married to Nancy C. Herrera, who is also a librarian.
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library - Board of Directors, 20 Oct 2014 [cached]
Gallery at the San Francisco Main ..., 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Gallery at the San Francisco Main Library," says City Librarian Luis Herrera.
"Having a library card empowers our users to be lifelong learners and readers," said City Librarian Luis Herrera, a big supporter of the new designs.
The American Library ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
The American Library Association has announced that the 2014 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Luis Herrera, San Francisco's City Librarian.
"The 2014 Sullivan Award committee was unanimous in their selection of Luis Herrera," said Dodie Ownes, 2014 jury chair.
Another stated "Luis Herrera is the personification of a library administrator who supports children's services at the highest level."
City Librarian Luis Herrera has long held professional leadership positions, both in the State of California as well as nationally. As former President of the Public Library Association (PLA) Board, he was instrumental in negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement between PLA and the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) that institutionalized and provided funding for Every Child Ready to Read, a widely adopted and successful national library program model.
San Francisco Public Library patrons have long benefited from Herrera's leadership and focus on children's services. He has supported the development and deployment of many child-friendly programs, including robust childcare provider service; Baby Rhyme Time, Lapsit Storytime, and Stay And Play; the first multi-year partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District; and procured an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for a Teen Digital Media Center.
As a member of the IMLS Board of Directors, Herrera endorsed the 2012 partnership between IMLS, the Office of Head Start, and the Administration of Children and Family's (ACF) Office of Childcare, as well the Growing Young Minds project. Herrera's collaborative work also helped create a partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and the support of a 2012 IMLS research brief, Children's Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm.
Luis Herrera is a long time and active member of REFORMA, The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, since his graduation from the University of Arizona until today. He also was recognized as Library Journal's Librarian of the Year in 2012.
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