The everyday work of a Youth Services Librarians is the best training ground to develop leadership skills that are integral to library management and executive positions.

In this informative and interactive presentation, Lucia Gonzalez, City Library Director at the North Miami Public Library will share her career path and address topics such as the importance of mentorship, opportunities for creativity and broadening the scope of work, and how to incorporate youth services skills into upper management work.


Original broadcast March 11, 2021 

Presenter – Lucia M. Gonzalez
Lucia M. Gonzalez started her career in library services to children in 1988 after receiving her Master in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Since then, Gonzalez has worked in different capacities for the Miami-Dade Public Library including system-wide Programs Coordinator.

She was Associate Director for Broward County Libraries in charge of Outreach, Family Literacy, and Youth Services going to her current position as City Library Director for the City of North Miami. She is the author of three award-winning children’s books: The Bossy Gallito, winner of the 1996 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal and part of New York Public Library’s 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know; Señor Cat’s Romance and Other Favorite Stories from Latin America, an Américas Award Commended Title; and The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, winner of the 2009 Pura Belpré Children’s Literature Honor Medal for narrative, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, Honor Book, and the Américas Award.