State Senator Mark Desaulnier Introduces Major Library Construction Bond Measure!
Senator DeSaulnier has been a long standing supporter of public libraries during his time in the Assembly and the Senate, and we are pleased that he has decided to go forward with this important legislation. Because the construction, renovation, and rehabilitation needs of public libraries in the state was in excess of $4 billion at that time, and there was also an additional $4 billion estimated for even longer term needs, the $350 million was exhausted almost immediately. A library bond measure in the amount of $600 million failed on the June 2006 ballot due largely to lack of voter turn-out. Since that time, the unmet construction needs of public libraries have increased substantially. [read more]
Call for 2014 CLA Conference Presentation Proposals Now Open!
The CLA program planning committee is delighted to call for proposals for November's conference in Oakland. President Deborah Doyle's theme for the 2014 conference is "Be the Change," and we want to hear from YOU about change in your library and your community. What changes are you responding to? What changes are you proactively making? How are you adapting and evolving? If you've done something risky, we want to hear about it, whether it flew or flopped. How have you taken library services outside the building? What have you changed about what happens inside the building? How are you using staff, volunteers and advocates differently? How have you leveraged technology to create new opportunities? We're looking for sessions that will change participants, so we'll be looking for proposals that model innovation, responsiveness and creativity for the audience. Tell us how you plan to enlighten, inspire and educate participants about the value and importance of change. [read more]
Governor Brown Releases 2014-15 Budget Proposal!
This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his much anticipated January 2014-15 Budget proposal at a press conference at the State Capitol. The Governor was previously scheduled to release the Budget tomorrow, January 10th, but the Budget document was inadvertently leaked to a member of the press around 5 p.m. last night and that development prompted the Governor to accelerate the release of his 2014-15 spending plan. The Governor called the Budget “very good news” and said it represents “fiscal responsibility.” But he also noted that “wisdom and prudence is the order of the day,” referencing the need to exercise fiscal discipline as the state continues to pay down its long-standing financial debt and liabilities.… [read more]
Call For Volunteers!
Please join your fellow CLA members in making the California Library Association an even stronger organization. CLA is the voice of staff, supporters and advocates of California libraries, but it is only as strong as we make it. Please consider joining a CLA committee next year.This is your chance to serve your profession and play a vital role in strengthening libraries throughout California. You will be work with your peers to create professional development and networking opportunities and will find some of your own! Your institution also benefits as its staff develops leadership skills and creates programming that in turn enhances patron services. There is plenty of room for you to be involved at CLA. If you are interested please let us know by completing our committee application form at your earliest convenience. [read more]