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Department Facts

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Leadership

  • Brian Bannon
  • Commissioner

Before joining CPL, Brian Bannon was the Chief Information Officer at the San Francisco Public Library, where he managed digital strategy, information technology, public media and online services. Prior to that role, Brian was Chief of Branches of SFPL, managing the staff of San Francisco’s 27 neighborhood libraries and the design process of the $200 million Branch Library Improvement Program. In this role, Brian led the design and construction teams for 24 new/renovated libraries which have won local and national attention for innovation and sustainable design.

Brian is a frequent presenter at meetings and conferences and actively engaged in issues related to knowledge access, digital media/learning, education, and the digital divide. He is a board member and Trustee for the Drew Independent High School and holds other key leadership positions within the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), American Library Association, Public Library Association, and Digital Public Library of America. Brian also represents the U.S. as a strategic advisor to Global Libraries at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, Brian was honored by Library Journal as a leader in U.S. Libraries and in 2010 was awarded the Public Library Association leadership fellowship to the Wharton School of Business. Brian is also a 2011 graduate of the San Francisco Chamber "Leadership SF" program.

Before San Francisco, Brian lived in Seattle where he worked at the Seattle Public Library (SPL) in a variety of leadership roles including public technology, instruction, and library management. Prior to SPL, Brian was with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he held positions within the U.S. Library Program and the Native American Access to Technology Program. Brian has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and a MLIS from the University of Washington.