San Francisco's chief librarian (yes, that's a thing) Luis Herrera received a special nomination from President Barack Obama to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. Herrera, who once thought he'd be arrested for losing a library book, oversaw the San Francisco Public Library's largest capital campaign, which helped build or renovate 22 branch libraries around the city.

In his role as one of 20 members of the NMLS board, Herrera will help advise fellow San Franciscan and former City Library Susan Hildreth in her current role as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In a statement, a spokeswoman for SFPL said of Herrera: "He has helped build San Francisco Public Library's reputation as one that honors tradition while embracing innovation, follows through on promises, empowers staff leadership, and demonstrates a clear commitment to serving the diverse needs of San Francisco"

[Chron Archives]