books.jpgSan Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

The national advisory board is comprised of 20 experts who advise the director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, or IMLS, on general practices, policies and selections for national medals, city officials said.

The IMLS director is former San Francisco City Librarian Susan Hildreth.

“This presidential nomination to the national board is richly deserved for our City Librarian who has ensured that the San Francisco Public Library is well positioned for years to come,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.

SFPL officials lauded Herrera for his leadership during the library’s largest capital improvement plan during which 22 branch libraries were built or renovated.

“He has helped build San Francisco Public Library’s reputation as one that honors tradition while embracing innovation, follows through on promises, empowers staff leadership, and demonstrates a clear commitment to serving the diverse needs of San Francisco,” library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers said in a statement.

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