Michael Eitner appointed as new Library Director

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FAL welcomes Michael Eitner as the new Library Director.

Alameda City Manager Jennifer Ott has selected Michael Eitner to serve as the Director of the Alameda Free Library. Michael Eitner joins the City of Alameda after serving in management positions at the Denver Public Library, Santa Clara County Library District, and most recently as the Assistant Director of the Solano County Library. Michael’s background also includes legal experience and leadership in the California Library Association’s Advocacy & Legislative Committee.​

Ott said, “Michael brings extensive experience managing innovative projects and initiatives. I’m excited for his leadership and ideas on how the Alameda Free Library can continue its broad range of programming and services, increase staff engagement, and expand to serve even more Alameda residents.”

The Library Director reports to the Assistant City Manager and works closely with all members of the City’s executive team. The Alameda Free Library is a critical City service with three branches and extensive online resources. The Library Department includes 22 full-time and 40 part-time staff, along with volunteers, serving more than 30,000 people each year with an annual budget of $6 million including grants and donations.

Eitner said, “Libraries are community hubs and I am excited to work in partnership with the Alameda Free Library team and our partners to enhance the library user’s experience for all residents and expand how the community engages with our libraries.”

Alameda and FAL would like to thank Marlon Romero, Interim Library Director, for serving in this role since the retirement of longtime Library Director Jane Chisaki after 39 years of service to Alameda.