Susan H. Hildreth M.L.S. '73
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Susan Hildreth serves as the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. Her term in office ends January 2015.
Hildreth is the former city librarian of the Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new and expanded branches. The Library operated on a $50 million budget, had 650 staff members, served 14 million visitors, and circulated 12 million books and materials in 2010.
Hildreth is the former state librarian of California, where she managed a $70 million budget supporting state government library and research services and funding and consultation for California libraries. She was appointed to the post in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
She also served as the city librarian of San Francisco, managing a budget of $58 million and a $130 million building program. She began her career in New Jersey.
Hildreth was president of the Public Library Association in 2006. She was a member of the American Library Association Council. She is a member of the California Library Association and served as its president and treasurer.
Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a master's degree in library science from the University at Albany and a master's degree in business from Rutgers University.