Heidi Murphy, the Library Director for Los Gatos, has been hired as Pleasanton's new Director of Library Services, succeeding Julie Farnsworth, who retired. She will assume her new role on April 4.
Murphy, who was raised in Pleasanton and is a graduate of Amador Valley High School, will be responsible for 25 library employees and a budget of just over $4 million. She will also work with the nine-member Library Commission and the Friends of the Pleasanton Library, a group that supports the mission and purpose of the library through volunteer and fundraising efforts, including the library's popular book sales programs.
Murphy has a combination of public and private sector library experience prior to Los Gatos, including experience in public education as a school librarian. She holds a bachelor's degree in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Master's of Library Science degree from San Jose State University.
Murphy also will be part of the new Civic Center/Library Task Force that was appointed by the City Council to develop plans for new complexes to serve both needs.
City Manager Nelson Fialho, who hired Murphy, said her work in Los Gatos should make her a valuable asset in the task force's efforts since she played a key role the planning and construction of a 30,000-square-foot modern library that community.
"Heidi Murphy has distinguished herself as the most qualified person to take the helm and help our city explore options for building a new library," Fialho said.
"The Director of Library Services has to be able to meet the high standards of service here in Pleasanton," Fialho added. "I'm confident Heidi possesses the kind of innovation and progressive leadership style to sustain and improve existing services, while also embarking on the design and construction of a new library for our community."
Roughly 50 applicants participated in the recruitment process. Top candidates were invited to participate in interviews with Fialho and his executive team. Also participating in the interviews were members of various city commissions, including representation from the Library Commission, Youth Commission and the Civic Center/Library Task Force.
The Pleasanton Library is visited daily by nearly 2,000 people with 1.5 million items checked out annually.