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City Has New Library Director

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John C. Martin, City Manager, City of Daly City
(650) 991-8127
Carol Simmons, Daly City Library Director (650) 991-8029

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 retired.

“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.

Simmons 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.

Simmons 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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