St. Louis County Library District
Kristen Sorth became St. Louis County Library’s first female director on November 19, 2013. Ms. Sorth has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She has worked for the library since 1998. Before her appointment as Director, Ms. Sorth served as Assistant Director of Administration. She is the 2019 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession Sorth was also selected to participate in FOCUS St. Louis' 38th Leadership class. Ms. Sorth was one of 10 selected from a wide array of St. Louis' most accomplished women to be a member of the YWCA Academy of Leaders. The St. Louis Business Journal named Kristen Sorth one of 2015’s Most Influential Business Women. She was selected as one of the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies 50 Distinguished Alumni in July 2017. As Library Director, Kristen Sorth has focused on building community partnerships to provide innovative programming and increased community involvement. This effort has resulted in several successful and award-winning partnerships with local organizations. Sorth guides the library's building and expansion program, Your Library Renewed. This building plan is an undertaking unheard of in the 70-year history of the library, tackling the renovation or replacement of the library’s 20 facilities. Now in Phase II, with one branch currently closed for construction, the building project has replaced or remodeled 17 of the District’s 20 branches throughout the 584-square mile district in the last four years. Ms. Sorth volunteers for several organizations, including FOCUS St. Louis and the YWCA. She serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri as the Chair of Board Governance.