Cathy Billings, South Pasadena’s associate library director since 2017, has been named as the City’s new Library Director.
Prior to joining the South Pasadena library, Cathy Billings served as Senior Library, Arts & Culture Supervisor for the City of Glendale’s art and music library, the Brand Library & Art Center. Billings holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington. Her career has included stints at a nuclear research facility library in Switzerland, the New York-based Center for Fiction, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to lead a team of staff who are so inspired by their work and committed to meeting the needs of South Pasadena library users.
Billings continued: “My goal is to ensure the South Pasadena Public Library continues to be a cornerstone of community life. In the coming months I look forward to further engagement with the individuals and groups that the library serves.” She also expressed eagerness in pursuing “the progress we have made in implementing the recommendations from the Library Operations Study and 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.”
South Pasadena City Manager, Stephanie DeWolfe, said:
Cathy’s extensive experience and knowledge of the South Pasadena community make her a perfect fit to take over the top library post.
In her time as associate director, Billings helped implement significant improvements to the South Pasadena Library, including an upgraded public catalog interface, a Facebook page, automated email due-date reminders, new Summer Reading Program software, a new public service desk and new public computer workstations, and a self-check kiosk.
City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe made the official announcement on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Billings succeeds longtime director Steve Fjeldsted, who retired in June.
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