|Governor Brown Issues Formal Proclamation Declaring “California Library Week”|
April 14, 2015
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
GOVERNOR BROWN ISSUES FORMAL PROCLAMATION DECLARING “CALIFORNIA LIBRARY WEEK”
Today Governor Jerry Brown issued a formal proclamation, declaring http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.
You will recall that the Governor’s January 2014-15 Budget launched a program to connect public libraries to a major, high-speed, broadband “backbone” operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California or “CENIC.” As the State Library’s recently released document entitled, “Lighting Up Libraries: High-speed Broadband in California Public Libraries” indicates, there are 54 library jurisdictions, consisting of 389 individual libraries, that are in progress during Phase 1 of implementation to connect to the “backbone.” These libraries are “poised to dramatically increase their bandwidth while cutting their monthly service charges by nearly two-thirds,” according to the State Library. The Governor’s proclamation concludes: “Increasingly citizens are turning to public libraries for access to those emerging technologies, and our professional librarians are responding as Californians always have, by innovating even where resources are limited. I applaud all of our public libraries’ efforts to modernize their services, and my budget continues to provide support for library broadband access.”