Nationwide Search Yields Two New Community Librarians for SCCLD Libraries

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2014

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.  Following a nationwide search that began in November 2013, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is pleased to announce the selection of two new Community Librarians at the Saratoga Library and the Los Altos Library/Woodland Branch.

Allison Parham was selected as the Community Librarian at the Saratoga Library in February 2014 after serving as that library’s Acting Community Librarian since October 2013.  Prior to her new appointment, Parham worked three years for the Campbell Library as the Supervising Librarian for Adult and Teen Services, three years as the District’s first Electronic Resources Librarian, and eight years for the Santa Clara City Library, working her way up from Library Page to Librarian.   Parham attended San Francisco State University where she was a Presidential Scholar and completed her studies in three years.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Francisco State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

Judith Gregg, who earned a BA in English and American Literature from the University of California, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, begins March 17, 2014 as the new Los Altos Community Librarian.   Previously with the San Jose Public Library, Gregg served as a branch manager before joining the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose, as Manager of Reference and Resource Services.   Gregg brings with her a vast amount of knowledge and energy as well as experience with innovative programming, community collaboration, early literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL).  Prior to her position with the San Jose Public Library, she worked for seven years as a Branch Manager at the San Diego County Library.  In 2004, Gregg was awarded the New York Times Librarian of the Year award for her work with the Solana Beach branch library.

“We are very pleased to have found both Allison and Judith to fill the positions of Community Librarian,” stated Nancy Howe, County Librarian for SCCLD.   “As Community Librarians, they will be responsible for managing the operational side of the Library (such as budgets, facility operations and managing a diverse library staff), and for interacting with, and meeting the needs of, the communities they serve.  We are confident they will continue SCCLD’s commitment to providing quality services while fostering life-long learning for all our library patrons.”

About the Santa Clara County Library District

Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

For twelve years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Also recognized as one of America’s 2013 Five Star Libraries by Library Journal, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2013, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 215,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors who borrowed 9.7 million items.  Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at

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