|CLA Elections 2016 - Heather Cousin|
Heather Cousin, Thousand Oaks Public Library
I believe we’re stronger working together and with your support, I will help increase the value of your membership by fostering opportunities to connect with each other and key decision makers who can help strengthen our libraries and those who work in them.
Locally, we know our libraries are only as strong as the relationships we build. The same is true for CLA. We know our value, but there is still much to be done to make our case – in our communities, across the State and at the Capitol.
Heather Cousin is the Library Services Director for the Thousand Oaks Library. She has over 15 years’ experience working in public libraries, having done every job from Page to Director. From her earliest days in Children’s and Youth Services, Cousin has made connecting the library with the community her primary focus. She has forged partnerships with school districts, recreation and parks districts, historical societies, arts organizations and the business communities in which she’s served. Those partnerships, in turn, brought a wealth of new and diverse opportunities for the library and the communities they served. As a result of these partnerships, Cousin and her staff established a local history archive, a monthly concert series featuring local talent and provided programming for children and families staying in domestic violence shelters.