We are proud to announce the appointment of Hilary G. Keith as Santa Clara’s new City Librarian. Hilary was selected by the City Manager with approval from the Board of Library Trustees and begins her new post in the heart of Silicon Valley this week.
With almost 20 years in the field of city and municipal library management, Hilary is a seasoned professional, adapt at developing and creating relationships with the community, as well as the city council and municipal departments, enabling her to accomplish community projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Hilary is an award-winning leader in her field and previously held roles as the Director of Library and Cultural Services (City of Santa Fe Springs, CA) and Senior Administrative Librarian (Orange County Public Library). She was instrumental in the successful completion of a $6 million library renovation project; was able to navigate a 10% budget cut without affecting community services; and modernized satellite libraries to better serve the community.
Spending a significant amount of her personal time in community outreach activities, Hilary is dedicated to serving the needs of neighborhoods, including those of the individual, family and local business. In Santa Clara, Hilary will oversee a full-time staff of 46 and an annual budget of $7.6 million.
Hilary obtained her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and currently sits on the California Library Association Board of Directors.