City librarian bails for USC

Martin Gomez, the head librarian for Los Angeles for most of the past three years, will become vice dean in the USC Libraries on April 2. "I leave LAPL with a tremendous sense of accomplishment," Gomez says in a note making its way through the library system. "The next City Librarian will find an organization that is on the cusp of change and the new source of funding, provided by Measure L, should make Los Angeles Public Library a very attractive opportunity for new leadership."

Mayor Villaraigosa says in a statement: "Over the past three years, Mr. Gómez’s service to the Los Angeles Public Library has been outstanding. Working with my office and the City Council, his leadership helped galvanize support for the passage of Measure L last year. His inclusive management style and vision have forged a new direction for the library that will benefit our residents and communities for many years to come."

Gomez was appointed in June, 2009.

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