Daly City – City Manager John
C. Martin announced today the appointment of
Carol Simmons to assume the position of Library
Director. Simmons, who has been Assistant Library
Director since 2001, will take over the director’s
position July 21 from Susanna Gilden, who has
“Carol has the expansive professional
experience that Daly City needs, as we address
new challenges in providing quality, state-of-the-art
services, with limited and finite resources,
to an increasingly diverse and technologically-savvy
clientele. I find her to be resourceful, innovative,
creative and a good leader. She will be an invaluable
asset to our libraries, and a strong addition
to Daly City’s Management Team,”
City Manager Martin remarked.
When Simmons was hired in 2001, Daly City had
just launched an aggressive five-year $40 million
capital improvements program. Since then, she
has taken an active role in the design phases
for two new libraries: Bayshore and John Daly,
the latter to be housed in the new War Memorial
Building. In addition, Simmons authored the
Plan of Service portion of the grant application
to renovate and expand the Serramonte Main Library.
As Assistant Library Director, she helped direct
administrative and financial operations, and
has provided technical and professional leadership
for the library staff. She is a member of the
city’s Website Committee. Additionally,
Simmons has represented Daly City in the Peninsula
Library System (PLS), and has served as the
chairperson for its Marketing Team. She also
represents the libraries as a member of the
Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative.
In 2002, she was elected to a three-year term
on the Public Library Association (PLA) board.
She is an active member of the American Library
Association and California Library Association,
and has served as Daly City’s representative
to the Golden Gate Library Network Technology
Committee. In 2001, she attended an invitational
residential continuing education program for
the “next generation of library leaders”
held at Stanford University, co-sponsored by
the California State Library.
Since her move to the Bay Area two years ago,
Simmons’ work in the community has been
prominent. She has assisted in the fundraising
efforts of Daly City’s Friends of the
Library. She has been an active member of the
Rotary Club of Daly City – Colma. In April
2003, she received the “Most Valuable
Volunteer” award for coordinating the
DNA LifePrint project for children on Make A
Difference Day 2002.
earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government
and International Studies at the University
of Notre Dame. She has a Master’s degree
in Library and Information Science from the
University of Illinois.
Prior to her work in Daly City, Simmons was
Library Director for Park City Library in Utah,
from 1997 to 2001, where she managed a staff
of 14 and a budget in excess of $500,000. From
1995 to 1997, Simmons was employed by Ameritech
Library Services in Provo, Utah, initially as
a Library Consultant and eventually, as the
consultant group’s Team Leader.
has an extensive background in the securities
business. From 1980 to 1993, she held various
positions at O’Connor and Company in Chicago,
Illinois, where she was primarily responsible
for trading and managing a portfolio of options,
stocks and futures products.
Born in Georgia and raised in Florida, Simmons
proudly claims to have visited all but two states
in the continental United States, with California
being her favorite.
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