Library Services Director
Among the items new Library Services Director Sharon Cohen has
discovered being used as bookmarks over the years: a $100 bill, love
letters and toilet paper. But a fried egg found in the pages of a
cookbook tops the list.
After 25 years in the Burbank library system that included stints
as branch supervisor and interim library services director, Cohen was
appointed to her new post last month by City Manager Mary Alvord.
“There’s nothing like being able to connect a person to the
information they want,” said Cohen, who will make between $7,450 to
$9,051 per month in her new position.
The Burbank resident is faced with the daunting task of meeting
the needs of a library system whose patronage has grown 60% since
2000 with an undersized staff that is likely to shrink with budget
Cohen makes every attempt to let the staff know that she
understands their challenges and appreciates their work by holding
monthly meetings, having pot-luck lunches, and talking individually
“They work as a team, take pride in their job and feel that they
are making a difference in their community,” she said.
Alvord is pleased with the job Cohen’s done so far.
“Sharon came up through the ranks of the library and is very
trusted by the staff,” she said.