Jan Sanders (PoP)

Director, Department of Libraries and Information Services, City of Pasadena, CA

Jan Sanders (PoP)

Jan W. Sanders is the director of libraries and information services for the city of Pasadena, a 10-branch system with oversight of a $12 million annual budget and 130+ staff. As director, she serves on the executive committee to the city manager. Her expertise is in recruitment, training, direction and the efficient use of staff. She is skilled in strategic planning by using the Public Library Association's (PLA) theories and methods of compiling and using community data through automated systems and information technologies and building community relations, coalitions and accountability for library programs, government models, and citizens.

Sanders' 35-year professional experience in library management led her to live in five states. She is active in the American Library Association, where she served in a variety of roles including president of the Public Library Association, a premier division of ALA. She has extensive community leadership experience with arts & culture and civic organizations. She previously served as a board member for Leadership Pasadena and on the Pasadena Museum of History's board of directors. Sanders earned a bachelor's degree in English education from Northwest Missouri State University and an MLS degree in public librarianship from Indiana University, Bloomington. She also served as adjunct faculty and guest speaker for the University of Oklahoma's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies School and the University of Washington's Information School.

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