Alison McKee has been appointed as Contra Costa County’s next County Librarian.
McKee, who has worked for Contra Costa County Library since 2002, had been appointed as interim county librarian in October and previously served as deputy county librarian. She has held positions including library assistant, librarian and senior community library manager in her tenure.
Her appointment as County Librarian received unanimous approval Tuesday by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
“As an integral member of our library team, Alison will hit the ground running,” said Diane Burgis, chair of the Board. “She knows our library system and is able to continue to focus her and her team’s efforts on reopening our beloved libraries.”
According to the County, “McKee will oversee the library budget as well as many big projects including an upgrade of the Library’s IT security system and moving the library to a state sponsored broadband network that will increase internet speed at the libraries ten-fold.”
McKee is credited with managing the launch of the Library’s new website, helping to launch the Library’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, opening the new Brentwood Library, and the project to build the new Pleasant Hill Library, according to the County.
“I am honored to serve this county and its many diverse communities,” McKee said in a statement. “I know the public misses coming into our libraries and I pledge to continue to work hard to navigate the Library through these challenging times so that we can welcome our library patrons back inside as soon as possible.”
Ms. McKee holds a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s in music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.