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Santa Clara County Librarian Receives California Library Association Member of the Year Award

SANTA CLARA COUNTY. -  Melinda Cervantes, Executive Director of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and Santa Clara County Librarian has been honored with the 2010 California Library Association Member of the Year Award. The recognition highlights her active and innovative leadership in service to California communities.

“Melinda’s leadership is tangible when you see all the services and programs the County Library has implemented during her 9 year tenure,” said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Dave Cortese, Delegate for the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority. “County residents continue to benefit from her vision to ensure libraries provide the best and most affordable opportunities and resources for learning.”

Cervantes has represented California libraries in regional, statewide and national library advocacy efforts. Under her leadership, Santa Clara County Library has been recognized by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings and Library Journal’s Star Libraries as one of the nation's leading libraries for delivering outstanding and cost effective service.

“From streaming music for smartphones to imaginatively reconfigured new facilities, Melinda leads by example in meeting California community needs through community engagement, strategically deployed staff and fiscal resources,” said California Library Association President Kim Bui-Burton. “Her support for professional learning and involvement by staff and new library leaders was highlighted in her nomination, as expressed through staff participation in CLA activities, presentations and conferences, and, lectures at local library and information science programs.”

“I am very grateful to the California Library Association for this honor,” said Cervantes, who is the 2010-2011 Chair of the Urban Libraries Council Board, and past Chair of California Library Association’s Legislative Committee and the Public Library Association's Legislative Committee. “This honor reflects the strong support I receive from the profession and dedicated Santa Clara County Library employees that take our mission to heart.”

About the Santa Clara County Library

The Santa Clara County Library includes two book mobiles, a online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. The system has a collection of 1.8 million items, 290,985 library card holders and has recorded 12,066,869 check outs.

The Santa Clara County Library mission is to be an open forum promoting knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. The library provides free access to informational, educational, and recreational materials and services. In response to community needs, the library provides diverse resources on a wide variety of subjects and viewpoints and helps people use these resources.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Melinda Cervantes/Nancy Howe, Santa Clara County Library (408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3080
Posted: December 6, 2010