2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute Mentor: Patricia "Patty" Wong
Ms. Patty Wong was appointed County Librarian/Chief Archivist of the Yolo County Library in California in January 2008. She is responsible for a seven-branch system and the Archives and Records Center for Yolo County in the Central Valley. In 2009, under Ms. Wong's direction, Yolo County Library constructed and opened two new libraries, in the city of Winters (joint use with Winters High School) and the city of West Sacramento. Both projects involved considerable advocacy and collaboration with elected officials, municipal governments, school districts, a community college, Friends groups and teens. A third construction project – a library renovation project in the city of Davis and a satellite project co-located in a South Davis Elementary School were completed in fall 2010.
Ms. Wong is a part-time faculty at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University specializing in trendspotting and professional socialization and grant writing, and continues to serve as a consultant for libraries and local government in the areas organizational development, leadership, managing change, youth development, fundraising, cultural diversity, developing homework centers in libraries, and developing joint ventures and collaborations between libraries and community agencies.
Ms. Wong received a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Berkeley and received a BA in Women's Studies from that same institution.
Her library administrative experience includes management positions in the Stockton- San Joaquin County Public Library (CA) as Deputy Director; Oakland Public Library (CA) as Coordinator of Children's and Youth Services and supervising librarian of the South Branch and the Tool Lending Library at the Berkeley Public Library (CA). In Oakland she developed the first citywide teen conference and established youth representatives on the Library Advisory Commission. While working with the Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development program, a benchmark for Patty was the creation of a substantive assessment of Oakland Public Library's award winning homework help program, PASS!, where paid teens coach and mentor younger youth and provide a comprehensive after school homework and enrichment program for 300 youth daily. That $30,000 assessment and the library advocacy skills she learned leveraged more than $2 million in support for homework efforts over two years.
Ms. Wong is an active member of the American Library Association where she currently serves as Co-Chair of ALA President-Elect Molly Raphael's Presidential Initiative – Empowering Voices: Communities Speak Out for Libraries which builds upon ALA President Camila Alire's focus on Library Advocacy from Frontline Staff. Wong was a Member of the ALA Executive Board and has held a number of elected and appointed positions. Recent accolades include nomination as a Library Journal 2007 Mover and Shaker and the 2006 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Advocacy Award for the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. In March 2010 she was named one of two 2010 Women of the Year for State Senator Lois Wolk's district (5th-CA).