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Sunnyvale Names Victoria Johnson New Director of Libraries.

Johnson of South Pasadena, Calif., has been appointed director of libraries by the City of Sunnyvale.

Johnson, who has held various library positions with the City of Pasadena since 1986, replaces former Sunnyvale library director Beverley Simmons who left to become a library management consultant earlier this month.

While in Pasadena as principal librarian, Johnson has had responsibility for a wide range of library operations and projects. These have included managing the overall information technology functions for the entire Pasadena Public Library system, the day-to-day operations of library services, and special projects such as the library's building restoration project.

"In Victoria Johnson, I believe we have found an excellent mix of breadth and skill to take the Sunnyvale Library into the next century," said Sunnyvale City Manager Thomas F. Lewcock. "Her specific experience in applying new technology to library operations will be especially valuable as our city continues to focus on new ways to meet growing demands for service during a period when public resources are limited.

"Within the library community, she is highly respected for her ability to meet unusual challenges during difficult times, as well as for her willingness to look beyond the walls of the library for innovative and collaborative solutions. We are fortunate to have Johnson join our top management team."

The Pasadena library system consists of a central library with eight branches, serving a population of more than 130,000 with an annual budget of $7.3 million. Although Sunnyvale's library does not have branches, it does include the patent information services provided by Sunnyvale Center for Innovation, Invention and Ideas (SCI3). Sunnyvale's population is 126,000, and its current library budget is $5.1 million.

"I look forward to working in Sunnyvale," said Johnson. "The city has earned a wonderful reputation, not just because of the success of its planning and management systems, but also for its tradition of strong support for outstanding library services.

"To me, the degree of commitment a community gives to its library system is a clear index for its quality of life. All that I have seen and heard about Sunnyvale and its library confirms that the high standards expected by its citizens continue to be met by the city."

Johnson has a bachelor's degree in speech communication and a master's in library science from the University of Southern California. She has been active in professional, community, literacy and educational organizations, and last spring she was an adjunct faculty lecturer for the Graduate School of Education and Information Services at the University of California at Los Angeles.

At present Johnson lives with her husband in the city of South Pasadena where they have raised two sons. She is scheduled to start work in Sunnyvale in mid-December.

CONTACT: City of Sunnyvale

David Vossbrink, 408/730-7476
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