Karen G. Schneider is an academic library administrator who has had a library card since she was 6 years old and believes libraries change lives. She has decades of experience in academic, public, and special libraries and also serves on the Executive Board of the American Library Association. She has a masters in library science from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in leadership in academic libraries from Simmons College. She lives in Santa Rosa's West End neighborhood with her wife Sandy. She represents the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa on the Library Commission.