Director Marin County Free Library, President CALIFA
Marin County Free Library, CALIFA
Sara Jones has been the Director of the Marin County Free Library since 2013 and is the current President of Califa. The Marin County Free Library, headquartered in San Rafael, California has 10 branches and two mobile libraries. Califa is a library support organization serving libraries in California and nationwide.
Sara has 25 years experience managing librarians, she served as the Nevada State Librarian, and lead two other public library systems in her career.
Sara's focus has been in making the library a critical resource to improve student achievement to underserved communities. Currently she is collaborating on a project to deploy education and immersive learning environments using virtual reality (VR) and Virtual Augmented and Extended Reality in public libraries. This work has been primarily focused on closing the digital divide in underserved communities.
Sara has taught in two library schools, the University of North Texas and San Jose State University, focusing on public library management and fiscal resource management and has been very active throughout her career in professional library associations serving as delegate to the ALA (American Library Association) from Nevada, President of the Nevada Library Association. Sara was named the Nevada Library Association’s Librarian of the Year in 2012 and received the Peggy Sullivan Award from ALA in 2018 for her work supporting library services to children.