Burbank Hires New Library Services Director

Burbank's Central Library. (Photo Courtesy of Burbank Public Library)

The City of Burbank has completed a seven month search for a new Library Services Director with the announcement that Elizabeth Goldman will lead the City’s more than 102-year old library system.

Goldman, who earned her Master of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan, has more than a decade of library experience. She currently works for the Pasadena Public Library as the Library Services Manager. Prior to that, she served as the CEO and Chief Librarian of the Perth and District Union Public Library in Ontario, Canada.

“We conducted a nationwide search and were gratified by the strong draw of Burbank’s highly regarded public library,” said Burbank City Manager Mark Scott. “Elizabeth Goldman was the most impressive candidate among an outstanding field. She is committed to the Burbank Public Library’s strong brand and will lead the team capably into the future.”

The Burbank Library is dedicated to providing access to information, recreation and education through a variety of media. In recent years, the Library has expanded its digital capabilities to complement its wide array of services and extensive collection of materials at the Central Library, Buena Vista Branch and Northwest Branch.

“Free public libraries are the most egalitarian of service we provide to the community. As times and technology changes, so do our public institutions. Elizabeth has vision and facilitation skills to guide what I am sure will be a very exciting adaptation of the public library to tomorrow’s community needs and opportunities,” added Mr. Scott.

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“I’m excited to get started,” said Ms. Goldman. “I enjoy nothing more than bringing people together to make their communities stronger and helping people achieve more than they thought possible. The public library is the ideal setting for this type of work.”

Ms. Goldman also holds a Bachelor of Arts in American History from Stanford University and is currently a member of American Library Association, Public Library Association and California Library Association. She replaces Sharon Cohen who retired in August, 2015.