Dr. Julie Todaro has over 40 years of experience in academic, public, school and special libraries and is a library manager, workshop presenter and consultant in both leadership and management with extensive experience in strategic planning; organizational design and effectiveness, and change; facilities design; mentorship; community partnerships; customer service; marketing and advocacy; facilitation; and, continuous learning. Todaro was the president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (2007-2008) and president of the Texas Library Association (2000-2001.) She was awarded the 2012 Texas Library Association (TLA) Lifetime Achievement Award; the Texas Library Association 1996 Librarian of the Year; and, the YWCA Austin Educator of the Year Award in 1999. Julie is the 2016-2017 President of the American Library Association and her presidential initiative further defines ALA’s “Libraries Transform” with “Libraries Transform: the Expert in the Library.”
Todaro has worked for Austin Community College (ACC) since 1986 and has been Dean of Library Services since 2001. In this role, she manages eleven full service campus libraries, center libraries and is responsible for operational and strategic planning, budgeting, and design of new and renovated libraries. ACC serves @45,000 students and Library Services has 33 full-time librarians; and over 130 other staff including 40+ adjunct professional librarians; 10 administrative assistants and 55 circulation staff library assistants. ACC’s newest campuses were completed in 2013 and 2014 - Elgin (August 2013), Hays (January, 2014) and Highland Mall (August, 2014) and ACC Library Services is designing a new Leander campus and a renovation of the historic Rio Grande campus.
Dr. Todaro has authored many articles, columns and editorials and her monographs include "Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm" (2014) for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; "Mentoring A to Z" (2015) for Neal-Schuman/ALA; "Emergency Preparedness in Libraries" (2009) for Government Institutes; and with Mark Smith, "Training Library Staff And Volunteers to Provide Extraordinary Customer Service" (2006) for Neal-Schuman.
Todaro received her Doctorate of Library Services from Columbia University, and her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.