CITY MANAGER APPOINTS MICHELLE
PERERA AS LIBRARY DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
PASADENA, Calif.—City Manager Steve
Mermell today announced he has appointed Ms. Michelle Perera as the new
Director of the Pasadena Public Library and Information Services Department. Ms. Perera comes to Pasadena from the City of
Rancho Cucamonga where she has been the city’s Library Director for the past
two years. Ms. Perera assumes her new
duties in Pasadena effective December 19, 2016.
Ms. Perera will oversee a
department of 108 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $14
million. The department, www.cityofpasadena.net/Library, currently includes the Central Library
and nine branches, collectively serving about 1.2 million people per year and
about 500,000 online customers. With
more than 2,300 on-site programs, free WiFi services and an extensive
collection of printed books, periodicals, media and cloud-based eBooks, the
Pasadena Public Library serves as a life-long learning center and cultural
beacon for the greater Pasadena community.
Ms. Perera brings more than 20
years of professional public library system experience to the position. She has held numerous positions within the
Rancho Cucamonga Library Department since 1997 and, prior, worked for the
public libraries for the cities of San Marino and Glendora. She has a master’s degree in library science
from California State University, San Jose; a bachelor’s degree from the
University of California, Riverside, and, in 2001, she completed the Institute
for 21st Century Librarianship training at Stanford University.
In 2008, the California Library
Association (CLA) gave her its “Award of Excellence” as a public librarian and she
served on CLA’s Board from 2011 to 2014.
In 2013, she was named a “Mover & Shaker” by the national Library
Journal, http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/people/movers-shakers-2013/michelle-perera-movers-shakers-2013-change-agents/. Also
in 2013, while serving as Rancho Cucamonga’s Assistant Library Director, the library
won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services that was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at
the White House.
“I am honored to have been selected
by the City Manager to lead Pasadena’s Public Library at a time of great opportunity
and change for how library resources, programs and services are used every day
and how they meet the demands in the digital era,” Ms. Perera said. “I look forward to serving as a member of the
City’s executive team and continuing the finest traditions of outstanding
community service provided by the library and its staff.”
Ms. Perera said she is
particularly interested in participating in Pasadena’s 15th annual
“One City, One Story” community reading program organized by the Library
Department. This year’s selection is The Sympathizer by author Viet Thanh
Nguyen. More information about the
program is online at http://cityofpasadena.libguides.com/onecityonestory.
City Manager Mermell said
Ms. Perera “has the right combination of public library expertise, leadership
and community values making her the right fit at the right time for our valued public
The maximum salary for the position
as posted on the City’s website is $15,000 per month.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2016 #062-16
MEDIA CONTACT: William
H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626)