HCPL Director Edward Melton to speak at F.O.A.L. May Meeting

Mr. Edward Melton

We are pleased to have Edward Melton, the new Library Director for the Harris County Public Library as the speaker for our Friends of the Atascocita Library Annual Meeting on May 12 at 7:00 PM., at the Atascocita Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr. The public is cordially invited. There will be a short business meeting, which will include election of officers and presentation of the budget for 2015 – 2016.

Edward Melton is keen on leveraging partnerships and collaboration to build sustainable library service models. Even though he strongly supports innovation and technology, he is very practical and traditional in his value of public libraries. He understands the traditional role of libraries and works to create a balance between innovation and tradition.

Edward holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Morehouse College and a MLIS from Clark Atlanta University. He has attended the Brookings Institute for Public Leadership. He has vast experience in libraries including cataloging and indexing, youth services, technology integration, grant management, capital projects, budget and strategic planning, training, operational efficiency, partnerships, and service innovation.

During his tenure as Chief of Branches at San Francisco Public Library, Edward was instrumental in helping complete the Branch Library Improvement Program which included the construction of the last two capital building projects. He led the comprehensive review of library services hours and implemented expanded hours throughout the branches. Edward also enhanced access to technology and learning opportunities at all the branch libraries for youth and the public at large. Edward has been actively engaged with the community and has chaired the Council of Neighborhood Libraries. Edward recently received the 2014 Joey Rodgers Leadership Award by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) in recognition of his contributions as a public library leader and in support of his continued professional development.

Before his work in San Francisco, Edward was an Administrative Manager with Houston Public Library in which he provided oversight for the HPL Express and Mobile Express service model. He was recognized in 2010 as an Operations Service Innovator by the Urban Library Council. He has also been active in the Texas Library Association and was a Tall Texan Class of 2007. Edward has traveled the country integrating technology in libraries and training librarians with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation US Library program providing him with a vast range of experience from large urban libraries to small rural communities. He began his work at Harris County Public Library on November 3, 2014.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information email contact@foal.ws.

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