City Library Executive Director John Spears accepts new position

John Spears, Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library, has accepted the Executive Director position at Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in Colorado Springs, CO. John will continue employment with The City Library for at least a month to ensure a smooth transition for the Salt Lake City community.

The Library Board will begin a search for The City Library’s next Executive Director and will assign an Acting Director to lead The City Library during this transition.

“In his time as Executive Director, John Spears has had a powerful impact on The City Library and Salt Lake City as a whole,” said Mimi Charles, The City Library Board President. “Although we are sad to see him go, we know The City Library is better primed to address current and future issues in our community thanks to his vision and leadership. The members of the Library Board look forward to identifying the next leader of our great Library and continuing the work that was begun by John and the many stellar Executive Directors that came before him.”

Spears began employment with The City Library in July of 2013. During his tenure, The City Library opened the Glendale Branch Library; increased partnerships with community organizations, including a program with the Salt Lake City School District that provided a Library card to every student during school registration; opened its first Creative Lab, providing the community with tools and support to realize their creative projects; began exploration of a 24/7 Library Service Pilot Project at the Main Library; and debuted several internal efficiencies. On January 30, 2016, The City Library will open its eighth library location in the Marmalade district at 280 West 500 North.

“It has been an honor to helm such an accomplished and celebrated library system,” said Spears. “My time in Salt Lake City has been one of both personal and professional growth, and there will always be a place in my heart for the people of Salt Lake City. Public libraries are in a state of continual and rapid change to ensure they fulfill the unique needs of their community. I have no doubt that the Board and staff of The City Library are well-poised to provide world-class library services that help the people of Salt Lake City fulfill their aspirations for their community.”

The Pikes Peak Library District is comprised of 14 community libraries, 475 employees and an operating budget of $29 million serving a population of over 600,000.