SAN JOSE -- San Jose named Jill Bourne as the city's new library director Tuesday, replacing Jane Light who retired in March 2012.

The City Council ratified the appointment by City Manager Debra Figone in a closed session before Tuesday's open meeting.

Bourne, 43, has been the deputy city librarian at the San Francisco Public Library since 2006, overseeing the main library and 27 branches. Before that, she was assistant director for public services at the Seattle Public Library for five years.

She will start work in San Jose in July, and her annual salary will be $190,000. Anne Cain will continue as interim director until then.

Figone noted that Bourne has been called a "mover and shaker" and a "top innovator" in the public library trade press.

"Her leadership and vision will be essential as we deal with the major changes and challenges affecting libraries, technology and resources here in San Jose," Figone said.

The San Jose library system includes 22 branch libraries and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Main Library downtown, with more than 270 employees, more than 6 million annual visitors and an annual operating budget of $32 million.

"I look forward to working with a great team," Bourne said, "and building on a strong foundation already in place."

Contact John Woolfolk at 408-975-9346. Follow him on Twitter at Twitter.com/johnwoolfolk1.



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