Meet Edward Melton, HCPL's New Library Director

Please join us in welcoming our new Library Director to HCPL!  

Edward Melton brings strategic focus, vision, and innovative leadership during a successful career of guiding and implementing library services. He is keen on leveraging partnerships and collaboration to build sustainable library service models. Even though he strongly supports innovation and technology, he is very practical and traditional in his value of public libraries. He understands the traditional role of libraries and works to create a balance between innovation and tradition.

Edward holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Morehouse College and a MLIS from Clark Atlanta University. He has attended the Brookings Institute for Public Leadership. He has vast experience in libraries including cataloging and indexing, youth services, technology integration, grant management, capital projects, budget and strategic planning, training, operational efficiency, partnerships, and service innovation.

During his tenure as Chief of Branches at San Francisco Public Library, Edward was instrumental in helping complete the Branch Library Improvement Program which included the construction of the last two capital building projects. He has been key in leading the comprehensive review of library services hours and the ultimate implementation of expanded hours throughout the branches. Edward has also influenced innovation in services at branches through projects and programs that have enhanced access to technology and learning opportunities for youth and the public at large. Edward has been actively engaged with the community and has chaired the Council of Neighborhood Libraries. Edward recently received the 2014 Joey Rodgers Leadership Award by the Urban Libraries  Council (ULC) in recognition of his contributions as a public library leader and in support of his continued professional development.

Before his work in San Francisco, Edward was an Administrative Manager with Houston Public Library in which he provided oversight for the HPL Express and Mobile Express service model. He was recognized in 2010 as an Operations Service Innovator by the Urban Library Council. He has also been active in the Texas Library Association and was a Tall Texan Class of 2007.

Edward has traveled the country integrating technology in libraries and training librarians with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation US Library program providing him with a vast range of experience from large urban libraries to small rural communities. He begins work at Harris County Public Library today, November 3, 2014.


Congratulations Edward! I

Congratulations Edward! I know you'll do an awesome job!

Congratulations Edward!

Congratulations Edward! Welcome to Houston

Congratulations Edward!

Congratulations Edward!

My old boss! He is awesome!

My old boss! He is awesome! Congrats Edward!

Welcome back to Texas,

Welcome back to Texas, Edward!!

Congratulations Edward!

Congratulations Edward! Welcome back to Houston.