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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/08/2007
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Hires Assistant Director
Contact : Diane Jennings, Library Director, City of Palo Alto, Library Department    650-329-2403
Palo Alto, CA – Library Director Diane Jennings announced that Cornelia van Aken has been hired as the first Assistant Director for the Palo Alto City Library.  Ms. van Aken will manage all activities in the public services division, including reference, circulation and volunteer services, as well as have responsibility for library facilities. The position was created from a vacant management position as part of a department restructuring plan designed to strengthen library operations.  Jennings says, "One of the first priorities of the Assistant Library Director will be to oversee the implementation of some of the recommendations in the recently completed audit of library operations." 

Ms. van Aken has been with the San Jose Public Library since 1995. She has managed one of its most heavily used branches and ran the library system’s Youth Services Program. Ms. van Aken has extensive experience with facility planning, community outreach, and staff development and training. Previously, she worked as a Reference Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library and as a school librarian in San Mateo County and southern California.  

Ms. van Aken has a BA in English literature from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She will start work at the Palo Alto City Library on September 4.