Spring continues to bring change, challenges and opportunities to us this year.
News from Sacramento will have a significant impact for some time to come. Governor Brown’s appointment of Greg Lucas to be California State Librarian was huge news in library circles and created some buzz in the press, on email lists and in social media. Mr. Lucas is not well known to the library community and, understandably, the immediate reaction has been mixed. We look forward to getting to know Mr. Lucas and to introducing him to CLA members. His enthusiasm and passion is already evident. He started reaching out as soon as the appointment was announced and participated in important strategic discussions even before his job officially began. He is also quite aware of how fortunate any State Librarian would be with the current dedicated CSL staff. That’s a good start.
CLA members are heading to Washington, D.C. at the beginning of May to storm the Capitol for National Library Legislative Day. A small but dedicated contingent will see as many key legislators as possible, talk about national initiatives critical to libraries and bring news from home about what impact federal library funding is having in the representatives’ districts. Please join us if you can! Contact the NLLD Coordinator Stephen Klein (L.A. County PL) for more information at SKlein@library.lacounty.gov.
Please continue to heed the call of the CLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee to write letters in support of CLA’s legislative priorities for the year. With the recent disappointing LAO report on the broadband funding in the Governor’s budget, we encourage you to let your representatives know how important it is to make a high speed fiber internet backbone accessible to every single public library building in California (using the same network that already serves K-12 schools, community colleges, and both the UC and CSU systems). Other important measures include SCA-7 (Wolk) and SB-1455 (DeSaulnier), an important library construction bond measure. Details are available on the CLA website. Please encourage your colleagues, family and friends to support these measures as well. Anyone and everyone can be a library advocate.
Conference planning is moving forward at full speed. Once again, a portion of the CLA Conference program sessions will be chosen through crowdsourcing this year; the Program Committee wants you to have a voice in choosing our programs. It’s not too late to get involved.
As we move towards the November conference with the Be The Change theme, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to, as Past President Derek Wolfgram suggests, make some noise in helping CLA serve you better, as well as in securing additional library funding from the State of California.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughtful comments. Thanks in advance!
President, California Library Association