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Insider Article [January 2014] [01/07/14] (President’s Column)
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President’s Column

photo of Derek Wolfgram

Happy New Year! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service as CLA President for the coming year; I am grateful and honored.

Thanks to the CLA staff, small but mighty, and to our dedicated volunteers whose talents seem to be boundless.

This will be an exciting year for us. Libraries around our state are busier and more connected to their communities than ever and yet continue to face severe funding and technological challenges. We have work to do.

At our fabulous and well-attended annual conference in Long Beach earlier this month, we rallied to Derek Wolfgram’s battle cry to MAKE SOME NOISE. The energy was almost palpable. Now we must tune that noise and focus our energy where it will do the most good—in our communities.

CLA’s Legislative and Advocacy Committee is already starting to plan for Days in the District 2014 but our work at home in our communities is even more critical. Political representatives at all levels will be at home during the holidays. Drop by their campaign offices. Go to their holiday parties. Listen carefully to them. Get to know them—and their staff—BEFORE it is time to ask for something.

It’s likely that a state ballot measure to lower the voter threshold for local construction projects and special taxes will include libraries. It’s not to soon to be thinking about how that will impact your library. Please remember: whatever your role in the library—staff, Friend, Library Foundation donor, trustee, library student or all of the above—you can make a difference.

Be the Change.

Deborah Doyle, President
California Library Association