Mayor London Breed appoints Michael Lambert as SF’s new city librarian

Mayor London Breed on Monday tapped Michael Lambert to serve as City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library.

Lambert has served as the acting city librarian since his predecessor, Luis Herrera, retired from the position in February 2018. Lambert previously served as deputy city librarian, a position he assumed in March 2014.

Breed’s appointment of Lambert comes after the Library Commission approved his recommendations to eliminate overdue fines on lending materials and most recently, last week approved eliminating overdue fines on the books.

The Board of Supervisors would have to approve the fine-free proposal, which it is expected to do. The change is expected to go into effect this fall.

Breed said in a statement that Lambert would “continue the great work he has done during his many years at the Library,” and praised his work around eliminating fines “that disproportionately affect low-income and minority residents.”

“I am confident that under Michael’s leadership, the Library will continue to expand its commitment to equity and access for all of our communities,” Breed said.

Before coming to the San Francisco Library, Lambert managed library operations at San Mateo County Libraries and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina.

“I look forward to working with the Library Commission and the passionate, dedicated staff to enhance the quality of life for all residents of San Francisco,” Lambert said in a statement.

Lambert is one of several department heads Breed has hired since becoming mayor in July.

In August, Breed announced the hiring of Mary Ellen Carroll as the head of the Department of Emergency Management, taking over for Anne Kronenberg, who retired.

In January, she hired Dr. Grant Colfax, a former Obama White House official, as the next director of the Department of Public Health, replacing Barbara Garcia, who abruptly resigned over conflict-of-interest allegations.

Earlier this month, she named Jeanine Nicholson, the Fire Department’s deputy chief of administration, as the next Fire Chief to replace Joanne Hayes-White, who plans to retire May 1.

Also this month, she appointed Manohar Raju to serve as public defender after Jeff Adachi unexpectedly died on Feb. 22. Raju stands for election in November.

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