Hilary Keith for CLA Board Director
Statement of Concerns
I am running for CLA Board of Directors because I would like to be a part of CLA’s drive to create and develop a culture of learning, action and innovation in our libraries. With libraries under an enormous amount of pressure to adapt to the “new normal,” I want to be sure libraries get a seat at the table when budgets are decided. Doing “more with less” is not a sustainable option! As we move forward libraries need to learn new ways of doing business that doesn’t undermine our core values, yet allows us the ability to implement new services that our users want.
After completing a six million dollar renovation, RFID project, and ILS migration, I am looking forward to being more involved in CLA, and advocating for libraries. I believe that better library service comes from strong literacy and civic engagement components and using emerging technologies in entrepreneurial ways. I feel strongly that implementing innovative library designs and interiors result in greater access, usage, and community involvement.
So too, is guiding staff through this wilderness and creating new and more efficient workflows that allow us to be nimble and responsive to change. Training and motivating our new leaders to build dynamic and forward thinking teams is crucial to achieving our goals.
I understand how important it is to build consensus and clearly communicate the long and short-term goals of the library. I also see the benefits of offering traditional library services, but I realize the value in recognizing and importing useful ideas from other disciplines and industries. I hope to impart my vision of the library as a destination for civic engagement that is responsive to its users.
Hilary Keith's Background
|Hilary started her library career as a clerk for the San Luis Obispo City/County Library. From there, she went on to be a children’s librarian, adult services librarian and Senior Branch Manager for OC public libraries. Currently, Hilary is the Director of Library and Cultural Services for the City of Santa Fe Springs. Hilary received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her MLIS from San Jose State University. Hilary is a member of ALA and PLA.