As our County Librarian, Diane McDonnell brings a unique set of knowledge, skills, and experience to Stanislaus County. Diverse management experience in the public library field and a library degree from San Jose State, an academic program focused on technology and contemporary library operations, give her a 21st Century view of public librarianship with an experienced perspective.
Since beginning her library career helping patrons at a circulation desk, Diane has accumulated over 19 years experience in the field of public library service and administration in both Placer and Contra Costa Counties. She has served as budget manager, personnel manager, project manager for new and renovated library facilities, and has led the purchasing program for the library. In addition, she has managed library volunteer programs and Adult Literacy programs. Diane enjoys contributing to the development of goals, objectives, and policies in support of high quality library services, and working closely with communities, public officials and Friends of the Library groups.
Diane’s service philosophy is strongly aligned with a proactive, customer-focused service delivery. She believes customers should have self-service options, and have access to knowledgeable staff and services desired by the community. Diane recognizes that a committed, caring, and flexible staff is our library’s greatest asset.
Diane received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Sacramento State University and Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She is a member of the American Library Association, the California Library Association, and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.