Director of Library Services Susan Gallinger has announced her retirement after a 43-year career in library services, 28 of which she has spent with the City of Livermore. Susan will end her tenure as Livermore Library Director on April 15, 2013.
Prior to coming to Livermore as Library Director in 1985, Susan served as Assistant Director for the Nicholson Memorial Library in the City of Garland, Texas. She then moved to Tacoma, Washington where, as Assistant Director for the Tacoma Public Library, she oversaw a library system that included a Main library and 11 branch libraries.
Susan came to Livermore in 1985 when the City had only one library - serving 45,000 residents. Upon arriving in Livermore, Susan was tasked with improving the technology of the library and enhancing the outreach of library services. Library automation was successfully introduced and continues to be effectively utilized in the delivery of library services to the community.
Under Susan's watch, the Springtown Branch Library was opened at its current location in 1986. The City's library outreach services were expanded with the use of the "Library in-a-Box", a 12 ft x 12 ft construction box that offered books and other materials at various locations around the community during the summer months. This program was the genesis for the creation of the Rincon Branch Library which opened in 1992.
In 1986, Susan began what has become the very successful and popular Livermore Library Summer Reading Program. Children who read 100 books in this program are presented awards at a regular City Council meeting in September every year. In 1986 when it started, 19 children were presented. In 2012, over 800 children had a chance to be recognized by the City Council.
Susan's proudest achievement is the opening of the Main Library at the City's Civic Center. This 56,000 s.f. facility opened in 2004 and is one of the City's architectural showpieces. The Civic Center Library has an annual circulation of over 800,000 items, 75 public computers, free wifi for the public and numerous examples of public art.
Her contributions to the Livermore Library are recognized by City Leaders who appreciate the positive impact she has had. Livermore Mayor John Marchand said, "Because of Susan's efforts, we have a world class library system, and our Main Library is the crown jewel of libraries in the Tri Valley area."
In addition to her duties as Library Director, Susan has been active in the Livermore community. In 1999-2000, she was the first female President of the Livermore Rotary Club. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and has been involved in many community service projects. In 2001, she traveled to Snezhinsk, Russia to represent Livermore and establish a Rotary Club in this Livermore Sister City.
Susan plans to spend more time with her family, travel and play lots of golf. She will miss working with Livermore residents who she thanks for their dedication and support of the library throughout the years.