UMSI Alumni Award recipient and external advisory board member John Szabo (MILS '92) will head the nation's largest public library system when he assumes the position of City Librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library in late summer. Since 2005, he has been director of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
"It is an immense honor to lead the Los Angeles Public Library, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve the residents of this great city,” Szabo said. “Angelenos love their libraries, and I eagerly look forward to working with the Mayor, City Council, Library Commission, staff and supporters to deliver innovative and comprehensive library services of the highest quality. At a time when public libraries are busier than ever, it is extremely exciting to provide services that address critical needs and that are so essential to the diverse communities we serve.”
The LA public library system consists of a Central Library, 72 branches, 900 employees and a $113 million budget. It serves a population of four million.
Szabo began his career as the head librarian at East Quadrangle and the Residential College at U-M. Prior to joining Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System he was director of the Clearwater Public Library System and served as president of the Florida Library Association. He has also served as director of the Palm Harbor Public Library in Palm Harbor, Florida and the Robinson Public Library District in Robinson, Illinois. His bachelor’s degree is in telecommunications from the University of Alabama.