Elizabeth Wrenn-Estes for CLA Vice President/President-Elect
Statement of Concerns
I believe libraries and librarians require a successful, vibrant, professional statewide organization to succeed and prosper. I am a candidate for vice- president/president-elect because I believe we are at a crucial point in the association's history: to remain effective we must become more nimble, and we must recruit and engage more librarians from the back-office through the front-line and administration from all types of libraries in the operation of the Association.
Because of the high value I place on state library associations I joined CLA in 2008 when I moved to Northern CA. I learned the importance of state library associations, first as a student member of the Colorado Association of Libraries and later in many other roles including Vice-President /President-Elect, President and Past President along with Co-Conference Chair and Conference Chair.
That passion for state library associations drives me to seek a larger leadership role in CLA as vice-president. I want to continue working with the other members of the CLA board and the library community in general to find solutions to improve and continue to move the Association forward.
When I joined the board 3 years ago the Association faced exceptional challenges: far more money went out than came in; we didn’t know where all the money was; and the CLA board of directors needed to replace the company that managed the day-to-day operations of CLA. Since then, through the efforts of the CLA board and the new management company, the financial situation has improved. Still, even with all we have accomplished, more needs to be done. Unless the cash flow improves, CLA cannot sustain its commitment to provide professional development programs, promote the value of quality library services and advocate adequate funding for libraries to provide an ever-changing array of library services to California residents.
To continue improving the CLA‘s financial situation the board of directors and staff must continue to focus on the financial picture. With my current experience on the Board I believe I can effectively keep the Board focused on the most important challenges it faces. I believe that during my time on the Board I’ve learned how the various levels of the organization work - from interest groups to the executive committee. As Bylaws committee chair I’ve helped modernize the procedural rules including adopting Roberta’s Rules of Order to facilitate true consensus building and helped amend the Bylaws to include a student representative on the board of directors.
The Association receives revenue from the annual meeting, corporate sponsorships, workshop registration fees, membership dues and donations. We need to increase revenue from each of those sources. Most importantly we need to increase the size of the membership base. Not because members provide the bulk of our income but because to truly succeed, CLA must be a member-driven association with members from all types and sizes of libraries participating on committees, volunteering for special projects, helping at the annual conference or workshops and figuring out new ways for CLA to create content and generate revenue.
I have been a part of those positive steps and I want to continue moving the organization forward.
Elizabeth Wrenn-Estes' Background
Beth Wrenn-Estes has been a school and a public librarian. She was the Manager of Technical Services, Collection Development and Acquisitions for Denver Public Schools in Colorado. Before Wrenn-Estes started teaching for SJSU full-time she worked at Lone Tree Library in Douglas County, CO. Beth was a youth services librarian and was responsible for both programming and services. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth.
Wrenn-Estes is a member of ALA, ALISE, ASS&T, YALSA, NCTE, CLA, BAYA, BAYNET and Freedom to Read Foundation. She has served as President of the Colorado Association of Libraries and served on that association's conference committee, publications committee, and foundation committee. She currently serves as a director at large on the California Library Association board and is the current chair of the ByLaws and Governance Committee. She is also Treasurer of The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians Association.
Wrenn-Estes received the SLIS Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012.
Wrenn-Estes' husband Mark is a law-librarian and is the Director of the Alameda County Law Library. She has one daughter, Whitney, and two grandchildren (Lorelei and Tabitha).