June Garcia has over 50 years experience as a public librarian. Her experience includes six years as director of the San Antonio Public Library (TX). Under her leadership, the staff completed the planning for and opening of a 238,000 square-foot Central Library, the expansion, renovation, or replacement of all 18 branches, and the migration to a new library automation system. She served the Phoenix Public Library (AZ) for eighteen years, including twelve years as the administrator of the branch library system.
She has also served as CEO of the CARL Corporation, and as Vice President and Chief Ambassador of TLC/CARL, two major library automation companies providing integrated systems to public libraries and consortia.
For six years, June was managing partner, along with Ronald Dubberly, of Dubberly Garcia Associates, Inc. On February 1, 2008, she became sole proprietor of June Garcia LLC.
June has been an active participant for over twenty-five years in the Public Library Association’s efforts to develop tools that will enable public librarians and trustees to effectively plan, measure and evaluate public library service. She served as member of the committee that produced Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries (1987) and Output Measures for Public Libraries (1987) and Planning for Results: The Public Library Transformation Process (1998). She chaired the committees that oversaw the creation of Managing for Results: Effective Resource Allocation for Public Libraries (2000) and Staffing for Results: A Guide to Working Smarter (2002). She is coauthor, along with Sandra Nelson of Creating Policies for Results: From Chaos to Clarity (2003) and Public Library Service Responses 2007 (2007). June serves as the associate editor for the Results series of publications by PLA. She is also a leading national trainer in using the strategic planning for results process and co-author of online courses using this planning process.
June has been a frequent speaker at library conferences on a wide variety of topics relating to public library planning, fund raising, measurement and evaluation, facilities planning, resource allocation, policy development, and intellectual freedom.
In 2018, June was inducted into the Society of Excellence by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (NJ), her undergraduate alma mater. In 2019, June was the 2019 recipient of the Melvil Dewey medal from the American Library Association. According to the ALA web site the award consists "of a bronzed medal and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement for recent creative leadership of high order, particularly in those fields in which Melvil Dewey was actively interested: library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.”