Berkeley Public Library Hires New Deputy Director

November 08, 2013

Contact: Jenifer Shurson
Associate HR Analyst
Berkeley Public Library


Berkeley CA, November 8, 2013 – The Board of Library Trustees and Director of Library Services Donna Corbeil, are pleased to announce the selection of Suzanne Olawski as the Berkeley Public Library’s new Deputy Director. Ms. Olawski began her new position on October 28, 2013.

Ms. Olawski has worked in libraries for nearly twenty years and has served in either a supervisory or management capacity for almost all of her tenure. She previously worked for Solano County Library, serving as the Supervising Librarian of Training and Virtual Services, as well as Berkeley Public Library as the Neighborhood and Children’s Services Manager. In this capacity, Ms. Olawski was instrumental in the Branch Library improvement program. She worked closely with design teams and consultants on the Branch Facilities Master Plan, a $26 million branch improvement program to renovate, expand and make seismic and access improvements at Berkeley’s four neighborhood branch libraries. Most recently, Ms. Olawski served as the Deputy City Librarian of the City of San Mateo Public Library.

This year, Ms. Olawski was presented with a great professional opportunity when the Berkeley Public Library announced its recruitment for the position of Deputy Director of Library Services. From a pool of highly-qualified candidates, she was selected to be the new second in command of Berkeley’s dynamic Public Library that serves an equally dynamic, diverse and highly supportive community. Ms. Olawski is “excited to be rejoining the staff at the Berkeley Public Library, an incredible public institution committed to providing excellent service to the community through dedicated staff, diverse collections and programs and by supportive and committed trustees.” She has characterized her return to the Berkeley Public Library as a “privilege to be a part of such a dynamic team and to serve such a wonderfully diverse community.”

For questions regarding this appointment call 510-981- 6105.