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Jill Bourne headshotJill Bourne- Thursday, October 12


Jill is the Director of the San Jose Public Library and the 2017 Library Journal Librarian of the Year.  

Jill Bourne was appointed the City Librarian for the award-winning San José Public Library (SJPL) in July 2013. SJPL serves a diverse community of more than one million residents, annually attracts over 6 million visitors and circulates nearly 10 million items, and includes 23 branch libraries and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (a unique partnership with San José State University).

Under Bourne’s leadership, SJPL has cultivated a 21st century library experience, stabilizing funding, expanding library hours, removing significant barriers to access, and gaining multi-sector support for the Library as an essential city service.

Prior to joining SJPL, Bourne was the Deputy City Librarian in San Francisco and was also Assistant Director for Public Services at the Seattle Public Library. Bourne was named a "Mover and Shaker" in 2009 by Library Journal and a "Top Innovator" by the Urban Libraries Council in 2010. In 2015, Bourne was recognized as a “2015 Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and most recently, named nationally as Library Journal's "2017 Librarian of the Year."

She holds a bachelor's degree in English from New York University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

Read more about Jill here.  



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Todd Burleson - Friday, October 13


Todd is the Resource Center Director of the Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL and the  2016 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year.  Read more about Todd here.






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