Jan Sanders has been involved with libraries for more than 30 years, serving as children's librarian, bookmobile librarian, branch manager, community college librarian and construction supervisor before becoming a director in 1990. Her career has led her to Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Washington, and California as the director of the Pasadena Public Library.
Jan has always been an advocate of free expression and access and was one of 100 people named to the Intellectual Freedom Hall of Fame in 1999. She is active in the American Library Association, where she has served in a variety of roles including national chair for Federal legislative action, membership chair and governing Council. She has also long been affiliated with the Public Library Association of American, where she has served as President.
Because she believes a Librarian is first and foremost accountable to the community she serves, Jan is also active in a number of community organizations. She is a board member and committee chair for Pasadena Rotary Club, works with the Chamber of Commerce and the Pasadena Arts Council, is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, and is a past member of the board for Leadership Pasadena. She also serves as chair of the networking group, Executive Directors’ Roundtable. Jan also takes every opportunity to speak about (and for) libraries, and often addresses classes at Pasadena Community College about becoming a librarian and what that means.