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Assembly Budget Subcommittee Approves Public Library Broadband Funding
Early last night the Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance held a hearing to discuss several of the Governor’s 2014-15 Budget proposals, including his plan to connect all public libraries to a statewide, broadband backbone, operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).  We are pleased to report that the subcommittee, Chaired by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), approved the Governor’s proposal and they closed the hearing by offering positive, encouraging, and thoughtful comments in support of public libraries. [read more]
Date Change: Two Hearings On Library Issues At Capitol! 
As you may have been reading in the papers, the California State Senate has been battered this year with developments involving three of its members, two of whom were the subjects of complex FBI investigations. Several weeks ago the members of the Senate took the formal action to suspend their colleagues and the Senate President pro Tem announced plans to hold a day of intense, office-to-office ethics review. However, in scheduling this effort (for Wednesday, April 23), it has bumped a few committee hearings to different days. If you were planning on attending any of these library-related policy and Budget hearings at the State Capitol, please note the following changes: [read more]
Register Today For Library Journal's Lead the Change Series! 
Library Journal’s Lead the Change: Professional Development for Today’s Librarian series offers timely resources and tools to stay ahead of the innovations and changes steering the library profession. Librarians can attend in-person, hands-on events ranging from leadership skill development to engagement marketing.  David Bendekovic, program developer and lead instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and strategies that will help you transform your career, your library and your community. [read more]
Library Construction Bond Bill Passes First Committee. Your Letters Needed!
The bill is sponsored by CLA, and passed out of the Committee after some discussion on a vote of 5 “ayes” (Chairwoman Liu, Correa, Hancock, Hueso and Monning) to 0 “noes,” and 4 “not voting or absent” (Galgiani, Block, Huff, and Wyland).  Armed with this information, the Senate Education Committee argued, the legislature would be in a better position to understand the current, specific needs of California’s public libraries. Senator DeSaulnier also agreed to amendments that would place the bond on the 2016 ballot, rather than the 2014 ballot. [read more]
A Message From California's New State Librarian Greg Lucas!
I wanted to briefly introduce myself and say thanks for the welcome and encouragement I’ve received from California’s library community. I’m excited by the chance to help advance literacy and draw attention to the contributions of libraries and librarians throughout the state. The State Library is an amazing, 164-year-old institution whose staff shares a commitment to California’s past and its future. [read more]
Advocacy Feedback and Comments Regarding the LAO Report on the Library Broadband Proposal
Legislative Update Report from the Dillons: As your lobbyists, we want to thank CLA members and library supporters at all levels for your.  We had asked you to weigh in with CLA Legislative Chair, Laura Seaholm after the conclusion of your meetings, to give her a report about the feedback you received from your legislators on issues such as the CLA broadband proposal, SCA 7-Wolk (55% for bonds and special taxes), and SB 1455-DeSaulnier (library construction bond). Laura forwarded those reports to our office and we were so pleased to see the volume of responses and the quality discussions held during your meetings. We were very impressed! [read more]
CLA Board Response to State Librarian Nomination
As many of you learned yesterday, Governor Brown has appointed Greg Lucas— political writer/reporter/blogger and long-time Sacramento resident—to be the new California State Librarian. The CLA Board is quite encouraged that Governor Brown has now focused on the State Library and California libraries at a time when critical work is underway, including broadband needs assessment; analysis of statewide library capital needs; and management of the recently renovated State Library. A seasoned political observer, Mr. Lucas should quickly see the implications and importance of these projects. We hope to work with him to further the cause of libraries throughout the state. [read more]

Governor Brown’s January Budget contains $2.25 million in proposed new, ongoing funding to connect all public libraries to a statewide, high-speed broadband network operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).  The budget also proposes that an additional $1 million in one-time money be used for grants for those public libraries that may need assistance with the purchase of circuits or other hardware, etc.   This funding and policy issue has been scheduled for hearing in the Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance next month at the State Capitol and we need your help!

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