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Insider Article [January 2013] [01/08/13] (President’s Column)
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President’s Column

Thank You for Getting Involved!

photo of Derek WolfgramI would like to offer special thanks to every CLA member who is engaged with the organization in ways large or small. I was overwhelmed by the response I received last month to my call for volunteers to serve on CLA committees, and I have now successfully appointed over 150 people to various work groups designed to support legislative advocacy, build membership, select award winners, plan for conference, identify future leaders, support interest groups, and so much more. If you are looking for other ways to get involved, I highly recommend looking at the available Interest Groups (or even proposing your own IG if there’s not one that speaks to you).

2013 is already shaping up to be a very busy year for CLA. The conference committee will be putting out information about conference proposals soon—see Danis Kreimeier’s column elsewhere in this newsletter for more details, although I’ll mention here that you should feel free to start using the hashtag #CLAnoise for discussions about the 2013 conference.

Senator Lois Wolk has proposed a very significant new piece of legislation—Senate Constitutional Amendment 7 (Wolk), which would lower the vote threshold for public library bonds and parcel taxes from 66% to 55%. The Legislative & Advocacy Committee is currently working on a communications strategy to advocate for this bill, and the one thing I know will be essential to its success is for as many of you as possible to write letters and make phone calls when the call goes out—stay tuned!

The CLA Board will hold a day-long business and planning meeting on January 18, where we will be discussing a vision, goals, and plans for how CLA can make the biggest impact (or perhaps the most noise!) in the year ahead. If you’ve got any great ideas, feel free to contact me or any member of the Board. You can find our contact information at http://bit.ly/CLAboard.

Derek Wolfgram, President
California Library Association