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Michelle Perera is the Assistant Library Director for Rancho Cucamonga Library Services, where she has worked for 19 years. She is also a Board member for the California Library Association.  Michelle holds a BA in English and a Master of Library Science. Michelle has also worked for Upland, Glendora, and San Marino Libraries, and taught for 7 years for the SJSU SLIS program.  Michelle attended the Stanford-California State Library Institute on 21st Century Librarianship in 2001, received the CLA Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian in 2008 and most recently was named a Library Journal “Mover and Shaker” for 2013.  In Rancho Cucamonga, Michelle’s responsibilities include day to day operations, staff development and training, developing new ideas and services, the city website and intranet, and, extensive grant writing and fund development. She loves her job and her talented, innovative, enthusiastic staff and is perhaps most proud of the fact that the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library has been named a finalist for the 2013 National Medal for Museums and Libraries.In Michelle’s spare time, she loves to travel, go to concerts and the theater, watch football and basketball, go to the movies, take photos, and watch reality TV. And of course she has a cat – Leo – who showed up at the Library in 1999 and was hanging out in the travel section, so naturally she had to him home.