Heidi Dolamore Named Assistant Director of San José Public Library

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Heidi DolamoreHeidi Dolamore Named Assistant Director of San José Public Library

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2015 -- Heidi Dolamore has been named assistant director for the San José Public Library by City Librarian Jill Bourne. She will have oversight of major operational areas of the Library and coordinate the implementation of new programs geared to expand branch hours and services.

Dolamore comes from the Solano County Library, where she has served as deputy director of public services and managed a staff of nearly 200 at eight branches within Solano County’s 900 square miles.

“Heidi Dolamore brings excellent experience from her work in other California library systems that will be invaluable to help us reach our goals,” said Bourne. “Her leadership and vision will be essential as we continue to satisfy the Library’s mission of life-long learning by providing information access, community education and public technology to the residents of San José.”

As deputy director of public service in Solano County, Dolamore managed an annual department budget of $9M and spearheaded a community-led approach to library service design.

In her previous position as senior community library manager at the Contra Costa County Library, she and her team helped transition an outmoded library service model to one that was a thriving and community-focused system in the face of challenging economic conditions The reinvention resulted in restored funding and increased service hours, program attendance and circulation at multiple branch locations. Under Dolamore’s leadership, the Contra Costa County Library system adopted new technological innovations to better serve library patrons. She also provided oversight of the system's 26 locations that included county-wide salary and staff analysis, and strategic planning at both the county and state levels.

Prior to her work in Contra Costa, Dolamore was a youth services librarian at the San Mateo County Library and also served as an assistant at the University of British Columbia Library. She began her library career as a library clerk at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore.

Dolamore is a member of the American Library Association and the California Library Association (CLA) where she contributed to the California State Library’s Public Library Vision Forum and Reference Think Tank. She also produced a series of family and childhood literacy webinars in conjunction with Infopeople and the California State Library.

“Heidi has proven in her previous roles that she is a leader who can help colleagues grow professionally while also moving organizations forward to satisfy community needs,” said Bourne. “Combine this with her strategic thinking and community engagement skills, Heidi will be a great asset to the Library team.”

Bourne made the appointment after a national search that included input from employees and partner agencies. “I’m honored to be selected to join an outstanding library system that continues to embrace new innovations and service models,” said Dolamore. “I look forward to working with a great team and building on a strong foundation already in place.”

Currently a resident of San Francisco, Dolamore has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Bryn Mawr College, was a graduate fellow in German language and literature at Washington University, and holds a master’s in library and information science from the University of British Columbia.

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL focuses its efforts on knowledge access, community learning and public technology. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

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