The Role of Public Libraries, Today and Tomorrow
We’ll discuss how public libraries are serving their communities today, how librarians are following trends for the future and planning to meet coming challenges. Literacy, social issues, the political environment, and technology, among many other issues, all play a part as cities and counties respond to basic daily needs and work to solve long-term issues.
Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne has been the assistant city manager of Palo Alto since April 2019. Before that, she was the library director and has been the community services director and worked in the area of public art. She has been a library consultant and worked for a high school and a county library before working as a library director in the Bay Area since 1998. Monique earned a Bachelor of Science degree in design from UC Davis in 1987. She followed with a Master of Library and Information Studies from UC Berkeley in 1988, and a Ph.D. in managerial leadership in information professions from Simmons University in 2017. She has served as the president of the Public Library Association and of the California Library Association.