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Insider Article [May 2013] [05/07/13] (President's Column)
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President’s Column

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Henry Rollins and Free Chocolate

 As you’ve hopefully already heard, the California Library Association is delighted to welcome poet, singer, speaker, author, photographer, radio host, actor, raconteur, and Renaissance man Henry Rollins as the keynote speaker for the CLA Annual Conference, November 3-5, 2013 in Long Beach. Henry is passionate, energetic, inspiring, and challenging, and I have complete confidence that he will properly set the tone for our conference theme, “Let’s Make Some Noise!” For more information about Henry, or other exciting updates about the conference, please visit or follow the conference hashtag #CLAnoise on twitter.

In my February column for this newsletter, I wrote about an emerging discussion about how CLA could “do it different” to better serve its membership. As an incentive to encourage people to write to me to share their ideas, I offered free chocolate at conference to anyone who wrote me with an idea for improving CLA and included the phrase “the Prez owes me chocolate” in his or her message. While I’m pleased that I won’t have to break the bank in order to purchase chocolate for hundreds of you, I was hoping for a little bit more of a response than I got…

I hope that Susan White (new CLA member, San Francisco Public Library librarian, and member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee), Natalie Cole (CLA Associate Executive Director), and Michelle Perera (CLA Board Member and member of multiple committees, Special Events chair for the CLA Conference, and 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker) enjoy your special treats that will be in the mail shortly from Schurra’s Fine Confections, a San Jose tradition since 1912.

As for the “do it different” discussion, the CLA Board is beginning discussions about developing a new strategic plan for the organization to make sure it responds to the current needs of libraries and library staff throughout California, and you can expect to hear more about this work, as well as having additional opportunities for your input, in the months ahead.

Derek Wolfgram
CLA President