Cynthia Chadwick

Deputy County Librarian, Alameda (CA) County Library

 Cynthia Chadwick

Research Interests: Power and public libraries, resonant leadership, and library organizational culture

Cynthia (Cindy) Chadwick has been the Deputy County Librarian for Alameda County, CA since February 2011. In this role Cindy oversees the operations of 12 County libraries in the east San Francisco bay area. From 1998-2011, she worked at the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) in suburban Denver, CO as Coordinator of Performance Measurement & Strategic Development, Coordinator of Organization Development, Sheridan City Librarian, and Manager of Outreach Services. A 2004 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Cindy is interested in libraries because of their transformational power, particularly in the lives of low income children and families. As a fellow in the Urban Libraries Council's Executive Leadership Institute, Cindy helped ALD prepare for its successful 2003 tax increase vote, sparking a continuing interest in why and how libraries receive funding, alternative revenue streams, and the role of public trust and political savvy in shaping the future of libraries. Prior to entering this strange, wonderful profession, Cindy received an A. M. in Divinity from the University of Chicago, studying feminist theology, and worked as a job counselor at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope in Chicago.