Luis Herrera (PoP)

City Librarian, City and County of San Francisco

Luis Herrera (PoP)

Luis Herrera is the city librarian for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to assuming his current position, he served for 10 years as the director of the Department of Information Services of the Pasadena Public Library. Previously, he was the deputy director of the San Diego Public Library and has also served in public library management in Long Beach, California and El Paso, Texas. Herrera is also a former middle school librarian.

Herrera holds a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master's of library science degree from the University of Arizona. He also earned a master's of public administration degree from California State University, Long Beach where he received the Future Urban Administrator Award.

He served as the 2003-2004 president of the Public Library Association and has also served as president of the California Library Association and REFORMA, the National Association of Library Services to the Spanish Speaking. He was also a member of the Council of the American Library Association from 1996-2000.

Herrera has been active in partnering with community-based organizations to design library service delivery programs that enhance information literacy among youth. His passion is to work with local schools and the community college to build a community of readers. Currently, he serves on the boards of the California Council for the Humanities and the Latino Community Foundation.

Herrera is also the author of numerous articles on library strategic planning and the role the library plays in forging community partnerships. In 2002, he was a keynote speaker in London at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Conference on the People's Network, a technology initiative providing public access computing in libraries throughout the United Kingdom. His vision is to promote libraries as innovative and dynamic organizations working in partnership with communities to enhance the quality of life.

Herrera's "Infolink" Snapshot