|CLA Elections 2016 - Gayathri Kanth|
Gayathri Kanth, Palo Alto City Library
I believe that I am an innovative thinker who will contribute to CLA and Californians by seeking and sharing new solutions and opportunities. I am also a unifier, and truly believe that a strong and united library association can truly make a profound difference in the lives of many Californians.
I believe that libraries are vital to the existence of strong, healthy communities. In a world that is tremendously impacted and polarized by constantly changing socio-political, economical and technological landscapes, libraries provide two critical community roles. First, libraries continue to provide a safe, neutral space that facilitates understanding and appreciation of diverse ideas and view points.
Second, libraries have also increasingly emerged as dynamic organizations that directly address critical needs in the community. While the needs vary tremendously from community to community, libraries have emerged as community leaders by their ability to identify and respond to community needs. A strong and united library staff force can truly make a difference in the lives of many Californians. California Library Association, provides a unified framework for all library staff to work together. I’m honored to be a candidate for the CLA Board of Directors.
Gayathri Kanth has more than 20 years of library experience. She has been the Assistant Director of the Palo Alto Library since May 2016. Her primary duties include directing, developing, and coaching a 65 person Public Services team, as well as overseeing five libraries. She is also a Palo Alto City appointed Board of Director of the Mid Peninsula Media Center that serves the communities of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Los Altos and Mountain View.