Misty Jones, San Diego Public Library Director
Misty is the Director of the San Diego Public Library. She previously functioned as the department's Deputy Director overseeing Support Services, which includes Building Services, Budget Development and Administration, Information Technology, Grants and Capital Improvement Project Administration, Technical Services, Access Services, Public Technology, and the I CAN! Center for Accessible Services. She oversaw the move, opening, and operations of the Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.
A graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program from University of South Carolina, Misty started her library career at the Greenville County Library in South Carolina. She then worked for nine years at the Charleston County Library, working her way up through several progressively responsible positions from Librarian in Children's Services, the Business Librarian, Assistant Head of Reference, and Regional Branch Manager for the Main Library.
Misty believes libraries are the great equalizer, always inclusive and never exclusive. She thrives on change and believes that the strength of libraries is in their ability to redefine themselves to fit public need. It is because of this that she committed herself to library advocacy. While at Charleston County Library she founded and chaired Libraries Out Loud, a grassroots advocacy program to help restore funding to the library system by promoting libraries to the public as well as legislators and other elected officials throughout the state. After moving to San Diego she immediately sought the opportunity to continue this. She is now a member of the California State Library Legislative Committee and Advocacy Sub Committee.