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John Szabo - Member

John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any library in the United States.  As City Librarian, he oversees the Central Library, 72 branches and the library’s $124 million budget. 

Szabo has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries, including serving as the director of the Atlanta-Fulton (GA) Public Library System, Clearwater (FL) Public Library System, Palm Harbor (FL) Public Library, and Robinson (IL) Public Library District.  Throughout his career, Szabo has championed innovative library services that address critical community needs in areas including health disparities, workforce development, immigrant integration, adult literacy, school readiness and emergent literacy for preschoolers.

Szabo received his master’s degree in information and library studies at University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from University of Alabama.  He completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

He is a member of the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council, the External Advisory Board for the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and the Board of Directors of LYRASIS, a non-profit membership organization serving over 1,700 libraries.

Background

Organization

Los Angeles Public Library

Title

City Librarian