Susan Allison, Assistant Director of Library Services, has been appointed Director of Library Services for the City of Richardson effective July 1, City Manager Dan Johnson announced. Allison will assume the position from Steve Benson, who is retiring at the end of June.
“Susan has been a tremendous asset throughout her years of service to the City and will make a great addition to the Department Director team,” Johnson said. “Building on our solid reputation for quality service at the Library, we are excited about Susan’s leadership and innovation as we move into the next era of library services.”
As Director of Library Services, Allison will oversee all aspects and functions of the Richardson Public Library, which has a collection of more than 253,000 items including books, periodicals, audio and video media. The Library staff is composed of 30 full-time employees and 42 part-time employees.
“I am honored to be able to serve our community as Library Director,” Allison said. “This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to leading a staff that shares a sense of pride and ownership in what they do for our patrons.”
Allison joined the Richardson staff in 1983 as a Children’s Library Assistant and was named Children’s Librarian in 1987. She was promoted to Youth Services Supervisor in 1995 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Library Services in 2008.
Allison has played a key role in the development of several innovative programs at the Richardson Public Library including: Digital Drop-In, Books-by-Mail, Lapsit, Explorers, Young Authors & Illustrators, and Read for Others. She is co-author of Journey to Gameland: How to Make a Boardgame from Your Favorite Children’s Book and Creature Features: a Program Guide for the Texas Reading Club.
Allison grew up in Richardson and graduated from Berkner High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas. She also earned a graduate certificate in local government management from UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. After serving on the steering committee for Richardson Reads One Book, she served as president and is currently a member of the board of directors. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including the Texas Library Association (TLA) Lariat Reading List committee and the Christina B. Woll Memorial Grant committee for TLA. She is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, TLA, American Libraries Service to Children, Young Adult Library Services Association, and the Library Leadership and Management Association.
Allison is a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class XII and served as a leadership advisor and on the curriculum committee. She was a nominee for Outstanding Woman of Achievement by Altrusa International of Richardson, received the Billye Meyer Distinguished Service Award/Civil Servant from the Richardson Jaycees, and the Siddie Joe Johnson Award (Outstanding Children’s Librarian in Texas) from the TLA.