José Aponte has served as San Diego County Library’s (SDCL) Director since 2005, where he is the first Latino Director, which serves a population that is both geographically and culturally diverse, in the second most populous county in the state.
Over the last three decades, José has worked in the Tucson Pima Library, Pikes Peak Library District, West Palm Beach Public Library and libraries in Santa Barbara, Oceanside and Orange County. He has driven bookmobiles, served rural and urban branch libraries, and co-authored a materials selection and collection development policy, as well as served as a library director in four cities in the states of Florida, Colorado and California. In addition, he served three years as deputy city manager in Oceanside, California.
Since 2006, José has served on the Advisory Board of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, working to improve our nation’s school libraries in the communities of greatest need.
José received his Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York
and his Master of Library Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Jose was a 2003 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and the 2009 California Library Association’s Member of the Year.
For more information on José:
- Times of San Diego’s ‘9,000 Libraries, 9,000 Mohwaks’ – Could Vista’s Librarian Mohawk Challenge Become a Dare?
- Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year 2012: San Diego County Library
- The San Diego Union Tribune’s County’s Librarian Driven to do More
- Library Journal’s 2003 Mover & Shaker: José Aponte
- Audio version (MP3 format, 16.8mb)