The Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today that Jeff Scott has been appointed County Librarian. Scott replaces County Librarian Brian Lewis, who retired on December 29, 2012, after nearly 30 years as the Tulare County Librarian.
“Jeff’s years of experience with the Tulare County Library, work ethic, and leadership make him a great fit for County Librarian,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are confident that Jeff will continue to maintain and grow critical library services.”
Scott, who was the Deputy County Librarian, was serving as Interim County Librarian up until the Board’s announcement. During his time as Deputy County Librarian, Scott has introduced book machines in the community of Cutler and in Workforce Investment Board centers in both Dinuba and Visalia. The project was featured as "Great in the State" by the California Library Association. Scott has written and received nearly a million dollars in grant money during the ten years he has worked in library management.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected as the new County Librarian,” Scott said. “I would like to thank the Tulare County Board of Supervisors for this important opportunity to serve our citizens.”
In his new role as County Librarian, Scott’s primary duties will be to oversee the day-to-day operations of 15 Library branches throughout the County that provide reader’s advisory, information retrieval, and programming services.
Prior to Tulare County, Scott was the Library Director for the City of Casa Grande Library for five years and the President of the Pinal County Library Federation for four years. A native Californian, Scott grew up in Orange County before moving to Arizona in order to attend Arizona State University, where he majored in History. While an undergraduate, he began his library career as a library assistant at the Arizona Historical Foundation, an archive at ASU. He went on to earn a Master of Information and Library Science at University of Arizona.