Jayanti, who began work in Hayward on Jan. 14, led the Monterey County Free Libraries during a period when the organization came to be recognized for its vibrancy, creativity and innovation in the stretching of resources and delivery of services in an increasingly diverse community.
Addleman is widely considered a passionate advocate for literacy, inclusion of underserved and marginalized communities, and helping people reach their potential. She has been recognized for professional achievement, including selection in 2015 as California Library Association’s Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy and as one of Monterey County’s Outstanding Women.
During her tenure, the Monterey County Free Libraries system won several awards for its service to adults and children, including two in 2018—the Excellence in Education Award from the Monterey County School Boards Association and the Valley of the World Education Award from the National Steinbeck Center.
Addleman began her career at the pioneering online information company Dialog Information Services of Palo Alto. Previously, she has worked at Salinas Public Library, Hartnell College and Gavilan College.
She has earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Jadavpur University in India and a Master of Library Science degree from San Jose State University.