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Stacey A. Aldrich State Librarian of California

Stacey Aldrich was appointed State Librarian in November 2009 after serving as Acting State Librarian since February 2009; she has also served as Deputy State Librarian from August 2007 forward. As State Librarian, she directs a staff of 155, oversees a budget of $80 million, and works with state and local officials on library bonds, programs, and initiatives. Stacey was instrumental in obtaining financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a major broadband initiative for California’s public libraries.

Prior to joining the State Library, she served as Assistant Director of the Omaha Public Library from 2005 to 2007, Branch Chief of Public Libraries and State Networking for the Maryland State Department of Education from 1996 to 1999, and 2000 to 2005, and as Senior Associate at Coates & Jarratt, Inc., a futuring think tank, in 2000. She served as Information Technology Librarian for Hood College Library in Frederick, Maryland, from 1992 to 1996.

Stacey earned a Master of Arts in library science and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian language and literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists. Library Journal named her one of the library profession’s Movers & Shakers in 2003. An engaging futurist, speaker, and workshop facilitator, Stacey challenges librarians to envision and actively shape the future of libraries