March 26th, 2014
CLA Board Response to State Librarian Nomination
As many of you learned yesterday, Governor Brown has appointed Greg Lucas— political writer/reporter/blogger and long-time Sacramento resident—to be the new California State Librarian.
The CLA Board is quite encouraged that Governor Brown has now focused on the State Library and California libraries at a time when critical work is underway, including broadband needs assessment; analysis of statewide library capital needs; and management of the recently renovated State Library. A seasoned political observer, Mr. Lucas should quickly see the implications and importance of these projects. We hope to work with him to further the cause of libraries throughout the state.
While the appointment of Mr. Lucas was unexpected, CLA has had a tradition of working with many State Librarians during its 129-year history and will continue to demonstrate flexibility and effectiveness in its relationship with the State Library. Mr. Lucas may not have traditional librarian training, but his connections with California state leaders will be of great importance to the work ahead. How fortunate that the State Library staff has broad and deep knowledge of that work.
CLA members have always been encouraged to build relationships with elected officials and to contact their representatives about critical issues that have an impact on our profession. Currently, the most pressing issues include strengthening libraries’ broadband connections and supporting two measures being considered in Sacramento: lowering the voter threshold for bond and special taxes for libraries (SCA7 – Wolk) as well as the new library construction bond (SB 1455 – DeSaulnier).
The Board believes unanimously that the CLA should play a supportive role in welcoming a new State Librarian.
Deborah Doyle, President
CA Library Association