Susan Hildreth has served as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services since January 19, 2011.
Hildreth had been the city librarian in Seattle for the previous two years. Before moving to Seattle, she served for five years as California’s state librarian. Previously, Hildreth was at the San Francisco Public Library, where she served as deputy director and then city librarian. Her background also includes five years as deputy library director at the Sacramento Public Library, several years as Placer County's head librarian, and four years as library director for the Benicia Public Library, all in California. She began her career as a branch librarian at the Edison Township Library in New Jersey.
Hildreth has a master's degree in library science from State University of New York at Albany, a master's degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Syracuse University.