March 2019 – After a nationwide search performed by The Hawkins Company, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the appointment of Michael Lambert as the City Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL).
Michael has been the interim City Librarian since February 2018, following City Librarian Luis Herrera’s retirement. His extensive library background began at the Richland Library in South Carolina, took him to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina where he quickly propelled into leadership positions, then the San Mateo County Libraries, with him eventually beginning his tenure with the SFPL in 2014 as the Deputy City Librarian. Mayor Breed said, “I am proud to appoint Michael Lambert to serve as City Librarian and continue the great work he has done during his many years at the Library. Through forward-thinking initiatives like eliminating burdensome fees that disproportionately affect low-income and minority residents, the San Francisco Public Library continues to serve as a critical public resource. I am confident that under Michael’s leadership, the Library will continue to expand its commitment to equity and access for all communities.” In addition to establishing a fine-free library system, he has expanded library hours and the SFPL was bestowed the prestigious and highly coveted Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year award during his time as Acting City Librarian in 2018.
Of his appointment, Michael said, “I am deeply honored to accept Mayor Breed’s appointment to advance the mission of the San Francisco Public Library. I look forward to working with the Library Commission and the passionate, dedicated staff to enhance the quality of life for all residents of San Francisco.” Michael will be the first Asian-American to lead the San Francisco Public Library.
The Hawkins Company would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Michael on his selection!