PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/29/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 122921-2
Subject:
Christine Hertzel Appointed as Acting Director of Library Services
Contact:
Fred Verdugo
562.570.5045
Fred.Verdugo@longbeach.gov
Deputy Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources




Headshot photo of Christine Hertzel standing in library

Long Beach, CA – Today, City Manager Tom Modica announced the appointment of Christine Hertzel as the Acting Director of Library Services for the Long Beach Public Library (Library), effective Jan. 1, 2022. Ms. Hertzel brings to the position extensive library experience and currently serves as the Library’s Automated Services Bureau Manager. The City will conduct a national recruitment for the next director of Library Services.

“Ms. Hertzel has an impressive background in library services and has already brought tremendous innovative and equitable growth to our Library system,” said City Manager Tom Modica.

In her current role as Manager for Automated Services, she directs critical bureau activities including acquisitions, technology, budget and staffing. Over the last year, Ms. Hertzel played an integral role in launching several innovative digital services, including: Tech To Go, the Library’s Chromebook and internet hotspot lending service; Khmer indexing, allowing patrons to search for Khmer language materials using the Khmer script; updates to the Library’s mobile app to include added user features to improve patron experience; migration of various e-book collections and magazines to new technological platforms, among many other internal and public-facing initiatives.

Ms. Hertzel has also previously served as Senior Librarian, Automated Services Bureau, where she oversaw the personnel and technical operations of the Library’s acquisitions, cataloging, digital services and integrated library systems.

On Nov. 23, the City announced the retirement of current Director of Library Services Glenda Williams whose last day with the City is Dec. 30, 2021. Ms. Hertzel will serve as the Acting Director until the completion of the recruitment and selection process for the new director, which is expected to be complete in mid-2022.

The Director of Library Services oversees the Long Beach Public Library system, which includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

More information about the Long Beach Public Library is available at longbeach.gov/library.

About the City of Long Beach 
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program. 

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About Long Beach Public Library 
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs. 

For more information, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/library, “Like” the Long Beach Public Library on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter and Instagram.