Melissa McCollum – Library Director
I’m pleased to announce Melissa McCollum as our new Library Director. Having grown up using the El Segundo Library, it holds a very special place in my memories. I continue to use it today and am seeing the Library changing its services, offerings, and physical layout. It is critically important that we have a Library Director can address the changing community needs and lead the dedicated Library employees.
She will oversee all operations in the Library Services Department as well as the four branch libraries located on school campuses. Melissa replaces former Library Director Debra Brighton who retired last December 2018.
With a strong background in community relations, library management, and development of innovative library programming, Melissa is eager to bring her experience, skills, and passion to lead the El Segundo Public Library’s next phase of growth. Melissa stated, “I look forward to working with the City of El Segundo and El Segundo Unified School District officials, staff, residents, and partners to provide comfortable, safe, and welcoming public and school libraries, link people of all ages to information, experiences, and ideas to help them learn and be successful, connect with the community through outreach and collaboration, embrace new concepts and technology, and be a good steward of public dollars and resources. We want the El Segundo Public Library to continue to be a civic and cultural hub.”
Melissa has worked in libraries for over twenty years, including eleven years in management with the esteemed LA County Library. She served as Community Library Manager at the Manhattan Beach Library, West Hollywood Library, and Lawndale Library. Known for developing new library programming and obtaining grants for library projects promoting community health, she’s implemented Instant Recess, a library garden, art exhibits, Age-Friendly library policies, and more. She won the American Library Association’s prestigious I Love My Librarian Award in 2010 in part because “Love of community is evident in everything that Melissa McCollum does.”
Melissa earned a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, she has lived in Manhattan Beach since 1999.