Irene S. "Renee" Blalock is the director of the Birmingham Public Library.
Blalock has been part of the Birmingham library since the late 1970s. She has headed the Parke Memorial, Eastwood, and Avondale branches and has worked as Business Manager, Southern Regional Branch Coordinator, Coordinator of Library Operations, and Associate Director (both for the central library and for branch operations). In her career she has supervised the reorganization of management and the creation of an administrative services division, helped create the system-wide collection management policy, and oversaw numerous upgrades to branch libraries, including the construction of new buildings for the Five Points West and West End branches. She was appointed director, succeeding Barbara Sirmans, on May 28, 2009. Pamela Lyons served as interim director during the selection process.
Blalock is a member of the Jefferson County Library Cooperative board and the Jefferson County Public Library Association, as well as the Alabama Library Association and the American Library Association. She is currently on the board of the ALA's Public Library Association and the Library School Association Board, supporting the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Services.
- Shelton, Melinda (June 15, 2009) "Irene Blalock New BPL Director" Birmingham Public Library's Latest News, Reviews and Info.