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.
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.
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.
also was recognized as Library Journal's
Librarian of the Year in 2012.