Monday, June 18, 2018

About

About the San Antonio Public Library Director

Ramiro S. Salazar

Ramiro S. Salazar joined the City of San Antonio, Texas, United States of America, as Director of the Public Library in April 2005. He is responsible for the delivery of library services to approximately 1.9 million residents in San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas. He provides management oversight for the library system, consisting of the downtown Central Library, 29 library outlets and leads a team of over 550 employees.

San Antonio Public Library offers an extensive collection of English and Spanish language books, eBooks, music, and audio books of all genres for check out and a growing digital collection. The Library Department also offers a variety of programs for children, teens, seniors and special needs populations. Public computer access and laptops are currently available to check out for in-library use. A new line of self-service devices has recently been added to the Library’s avenues to deliver responsive services to our patrons.

Since joining the San Antonio Public Library, Mr. Salazar has led efforts to complete capital improvements and other major projects, including expansion and/or renovation of (13) thirteen existing branches and the opening of (10) ten new library locations. Other library service enhancements led by Mr. Salazar include the launch of free public wireless internet service (Wi-Fi) throughout the library system; development of an agreement for a local non-profit to inject $1.4 million to improve and maintain the grounds of a branch library; negotiation of a lease agreement to establish a state-of-the-art Western Art museum in the old vacant main library building, which also houses a digital portal for the San Antonio Public Library, public/private partnership to co-locate a library within a YMCA fitness center; laptops for in-library use; development of multi-year strategic plans; a technology hub at Central Library adding more than 120 new computers, faster Wi-Fi service and a host of other offerings available for technology education.

The San Antonio Public Library’s ongoing commitment to the community has earned both national and local awards including the prestigious Urban Libraries Council Innovation Award in 2012. In 2006, it was selected as one of only three libraries in the country to receive a national award for outstanding public service, presented by the national Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. In 2017, the new Potranco Branch Library received the Library Project of the Year award from Texas Library Association and the Outstanding Achievement award from the nationally recognized Alliance for Innovation. Additionally, Mr. Salazar plays an active role as member of the American Library Association’s Center For the Future initiative. He has served in leadership roles for several American Library Association administrations.

Before joining the San Antonio Public Library, Mr. Salazar served as Interim Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the Director of the Dallas Public Library from 1993 to 2004. He also served as Director of the El Paso Public Library, City of El Paso, Texas for three years. He has dedicated his public service to increasing availability of library resources and services to all segments of the community.

Mr. Salazar, a native Texan, has been a library professional for over 30 years. He was first introduced to the field of library science while working in the library periodicals department as a work-study student at San Antonio College. After receiving his Master’s Degree, Mr. Salazar returned to his native South Texas and served as the Director of the Eagle Pass Public Library. Mr. Salazar has experience with large urban library systems and in building partnerships with communities.