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CLA Conference 2012 Review

Wow! What a weekend in San José last month! Not that we are prejudiced… but we feel it was a truly great conference. We know this because everything ran so smoothly we had very little to do! Carol and the CLA staff are incredible and they juggled the myriad of details that go into executing a successful conference. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the entire conference planning committee who worked diligently in the months leading up to the conference. So, a shout out of thanks to Program Committee co-chairs Cathy Sanford of Contra Costa County and John Alita from San Bruno. Mary Nino, Carol Frost, and Angie Miraflor, of San José’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, advised throughout the process and helped with local arrangements. Sandra Stewart, also from the King Library, organized Battledecks and the BYOB contest.

In earlier newsletter articles we gave you lots of reasons to attend the conference: the exhibits, the programs, the special events, and the networking. Let’s see how these all played out…

There were 94 vendors in the Exhibit Hall representing all aspects of our industry! Vendors are the backbone of any conference and we had a very strong backbone. We spent a lot of time visiting the vendors and thanking them for supporting our conference. As you do business with these vendors throughout the year, please also thank them for coming to the conference and encourage them to join us in Long Beach next year.

The conference would not be the same without our sponsors. They help make many of the special and meal events affordable and even possible. This year’s sponsors were:

Platinum: Boopsie for Libraries,  Califa, Collection HQ, San José State University School of Library and Information Science
Gold: Gale Cengage Learning, Innovative interfaces
Silver: Brainfuse, Infopeople, CALTAC, Library Ideas, Ebsco, Quipu Group

The depth and breadth of the programs were fantastic. What talent we have in our library and broader communities! Brewster Kahle’s keynote speech was inspiring and it energized staff in both of our libraries to move forward with the digitization of local materials. Maureen Sullivan spoke evocatively about the value and importance of libraries, highlighting one of our homegrown California projects—The Emerging Story of California Libraries. In fact, inspiring, engaging, and energizing are the best ways to sum up all of the programs and posters. Thank you to all our presenters and the individuals who organized each and every one of them.

We hope you all enjoyed the myriad of special events that are part of every official and unofficial conference. The Awards Gala was a particularly moving event this year as the inaugural inductees to the California Library Hall of Fame reminded us all of why we became librarians and dedicated our lives to this profession in the first place.

We were also excited to observe how everyone was interacting throughout the conference. Whether at informal gatherings over coffee or at a vendor booth, or at more formal gatherings such as the receptions, the energy and excitement was evident and the conversations were vibrant.

Finally, a thank you to all 842 of you who attended and participated in the conference. We couldn't have done it without you!

It has been both an honor and a pleasure to plan and execute this conference for the California library community and now we look forward to kicking back and simply enjoying next year’s conference in Long Beach November 3-5, 2013.

Teresa Landers and Julie Passalacqua, Co-Chairs
Conference Planning Committee 2012

Photos: Chuck O’Shea