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Welcome to the CLA Insider

The CLA Management team presents our new monthly newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of CLA Insider! We are very pleased to have this new opportunity to communicate with our members, friends, and library supporters.

I’d like use this initial column to introduce you to the members of your CLA team. In 2011, the CLA Board of Directors picked the Partners in Collaboration (PIC) group to manage CLA.  PIC is a collaboration/partnership between Califa (Linda Crowe, executive director) and the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC – Rosario Garza, executive director). PIC immediately hired me to be the CLA Executive Director. Joining me on the team are Natalie Cole, CLA Programs Director, and Wayne Walker, CLA Operations Manager. Natalie edits the newsletter and handles everything to do with summer reading and the CLA Interest Groups. The membership database and the fiscal operations are handled by SCLC. General questions are handled by the folks up in the Califa offices. Califa staff also manages CLA’s website and other IT design and implementation.

As you may already know, we are partnering with the Illinois Library Association (ILA) for next year’s California Summer Reading Program. Our theme in 2013 is “Reading is So Delicious!” We are very excited to have this opportunity to join with ILA in their very successful reading program which is used by libraries all over the United States, in eighteen other countries, and in all US military libraries.

Lastly, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the 114th Annual CLA Conference, which will be held this year in San Jose from November 2–4. We have a wonderful program planned with terrific speakers and events. To learn more, please visit our new conference website

Thank you for your support of CLA!

Carol Simmons, Executive Director
California Library Association