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Elections:2013: David McFadden
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David McFadden for CLA Board Director

Statement of Concerns

I have been a CLA member since the early 1990’s. I have been active in general library and law library associations especially in the areas of government information, legislative advocacy, library history and legal information services to the public. I was part of the working groups and later legislative advocacy that led to the Library of California. Although it never attained its potential due to inadequate funding, the idea of libraries of different types and different audiences working together has been part of my professional efforts throughout my entire career. The fact that an academic law librarian participated in the former Assembly, has been active in committees, roundtables and now interest groups and wishes to be on the board is evidence of that. According to our Bylaws, CLA’s mission is to provide “leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library services, librarianship and the library community.” In order to fulfill that mission, CLA needs to reach out to newer librarians, other types of librarians as well as our existing core members. CLA has started new ways of training like the Spring Fling and since the latest reorganization, has the potential to expand to meet the diverse interest of California librarians. Being inclusive and welcoming while trying to maintain our financial solvency is a tough balancing act but is possible.

David McFadden's Background

David McFadden, Senior Reference Librarian at Leigh H. Taylor Law Library of Southwestern Law School has been at Southwestern since 1984. He received his B.A. from Westmont College and M.S in L.S. from the University of Southern California. He has worked in libraries in law firms, a poverty law support office, a county law library and an academic law library. He teaches legal research classes for first-year law students each fall and specializes in international and foreign law acquisitions. He is active in general library and law library associations especially in the areas of government information, legislative advocacy, library history and legal information services to the public. He has participated in workshops and guest taught classes for public and prison librarians, inmates, and library school students. He is a contributor to all five editions of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries' Locating the Law, the seventh and eight editions of Henke's California Law Guide and has published articles on treaty research and legal research for historians.

David is a member and chair of the CLA Library History Interest Group and was active when it was a roundtable. He served on the CLA Legislative Committee from 2004 – 2007, has been a legislative contact for his districts and an active in CLA legislative days since the early 1990’s. David was on the former CLA Assembly from 2005-2008. He currently serves on the CLA Bylaws and Governance and the Interest Group Committees.

 

 

 

 

2013 Elections