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Migell Acosta

Migell Acosta

PROFESSIONAL

Prior to his current position as Director, Migell Acosta served as an Assistant Director and the Chief Information Officer for the County of Los Angeles (LA) Public Library. As Assistant Director, Migell directed the operations of the Information Services Branch ($30M budget, 130 positions, six direct reports) which includes three divisions: Information Technology Services (including public technology resources), ILS Operations (Integrated Library System is an enterprise application that provides the Library's catalog, customer database, etc.), and Technical Services (the division charged with acquiring, cataloging and processing all library materials).

As an Executive Committee member with the County of LA Public Library, Migell formulated the strategic direction and tactical planning of the library's operations and mission including the formulation of policies, procedures and oversight of financial controls.

Prior to his tenure in Los Angeles, Migell worked for the Santa Monica Library System and the RAND Corporation.

EDUCATION

Migell earned his Masters of Library and Information Science from UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA College of Letters and Science.

LIBRARY INNOVATION

Migell has been recognized in the library industry for creating innovative services for library customers. He has a successful 25 year career history of providing library leadership and enriching communities through library services. He has directed the development of systems to reduce operational costs and increased customer satisfaction through streamlining of procedures and automating processes.

In particular, Migell directed the continual enhancement of the County of LA Public Library's enterprise application, the Integrated Library System. He designed and deployed online bill pay, a feature in the online catalog that lets customers pay fines and fees via debit and credit from any web browser, and raised fee revenue by $260K annually.

In his position with the LA County Library, Migell was responsible for department-wide information security, including protection of 3M customer records, enforcing and auditing information security practices and procedures, and coordination of the Library's information security response to Countywide information security incidents.

Migell participated in negotiations of information technology, library materials, and online content licenses in conjunction with County Counsel (Los Angeles).

At the City of Santa Monica Library, Migell served on the design team that planned and built the award-winning Main Library. He designed the building's technology plan including advanced AV systems in all meeting rooms and auditorium, in-stack online catalogs, and nearly one hundred public access computers. He converted staff-mediated optical barcode checkout to an RFID-based self-check system. Migell designed and implemented a video wall signage system to promote library programs and services.

In addition, Migell served on the City of Santa Monica's Library's executive management team and directed the Information Management Division, one of three library divisions. He participated in all major library policy and program decisions. Migell participated in planning and managing the Library's $6.3M annual budget, prepared budget documents for City Council and City Manager. As a member of the City's Leadership Team, he formulated institutional values and designed inter-departmental projects.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

County of Los Angeles
CIO Leadership Council

Pasadena City College Advisory Committee
Library Technology/Digitization Skills Certificate Program

OCLC Members Council
OCLC is an international library cooperative with thousands of member libraries in more than 100 countries. Twice Elected Delegate to Members Council (2003 - 2007)

OCLC Symposium ALA Midwinter 2015
Panelist, "Gaming and the Significance for Information Literacy"

Dewey Decimal Classification System
Editorial Board (2005 – 2007)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY ACHIEVEMENTS

2015 Top Ten Winner and Customer Service Award "24/7 Virtual Library"
The virtual library is our highest circulating library with 1M downloads. The online branch includes browsing the catalogue, downloading eBooks, eMagazines, audiobooks, streaming videos, and music; taking advantage of online learning and research opportunities; identifying fun programming for patrons of all ages; and settling past due accounts. The 24-7 Virtual Library also includes free Internet access and WiFi usage for library patrons, which is especially popular since it is available regardless of whether a patron’s community library is actually open.
Served as the executive project manager

2010 Top Ten Winner "The Speed Team"
Reduced operating costs by $800K per annum by rigorous process improvement in the materials processing group of Information Services.
Served as the executive project manager

2008 Best Application of Technology-ILS (Integrated Library System) 22nd Productivity and Quality Awards Program
Joint Award with Library, ISD, County Counsel.
Served as the project manager

2008 Million Dollar Club Award
22nd Productivity and Quality Awards Program Joint Award with Library, ISD, County Counsel.
Served as the project manager

MISSION STATEMENT

"My career is built around the idea that Libraries play a vital and important role in transforming the lives of individuals in the communities we serve. Libraries supplement and support traditional educational institutions and are open and free for anyone's use. If you want to start a new career, start a business, travel, learn a language, develop a hobby, or enjoy some Zumba or yoga, the Library is a place for you."

CAREER FOCUS

LIBRARY INNOVATION - STRATEGIC PLANNING - FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
PUBLIC USE TECHNOLOGY - ENTERPRISE APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE - TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE - PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

PERSONAL

Migell and his wife of 27 years, Gloria, have four children, ages 18-23. They are heavily involved in their education and between the two of them have served on PTA boards, been Boy Scout leaders, Marching Band volunteers and the like. As a family, they enjoy hiking, camping, days at the beach and cooking together. And of course, reading.

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