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I am honored and excited to run for President of your California Library Association. I have spent several years working for CLA, on the Management Interest Group, presenting at the Annual Conference, and serving on the CLA Board of Directors. I am running because I believe that there are many ways in which CLA can better serve you. This beautiful state holds so much diversity, both in environment and in its people. I believe that CLA has the capacity to best meet the needs of our diverse state.
Representation: The Well-Represented and the Underserved
California hosts a wealth of different libraries, from large urban public libraries, to small rural libraries, special, and academic libraries. Many California regions have their own library networks. These localized networks provide training, professional networking opportunities, and even grants. However, many more areas of the state don’t have these same resources. We should examine these other organizations and what they provide so that CLA as an organization can adjust roles and provide assistance where needed. Just as libraries bridge the economic divide in our communities, CLA has the potential to bridge the professional development divide that exists for many of our librarians in California, those who do not live in areas served by these smaller associations. CLA needs to be an umbrella organization, coordinating these efforts to keep California libraries connected. These more formal networks will keep ALL of California librarians informed about what is going on in our great state.
Looking Ahead: The Future of Libraries
Libraries are undergoing an exciting transformation, having thrived, increasing in relevance even after the invention of the internet and the introduction of e-books. It is imperative that potential funders understand the ways in which libraries are a critical piece of our communities. California libraries are adaptable and can shape themselves, transforming to provide services in the most surprising of ways. State funding is a critical piece of this role. We need to start to think differently in regard to the ways in which one funding source can meet all of the needs of California libraries.
Jeff Scott has worked in both academic and public libraries for over 17 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Arizona State University (ASU) and his Master of Library Science from the University of Arizona. While an undergraduate, Jeff began his library career as a library assistant at the Arizona Historical Foundation, an archive at ASU. He went on to become a Director for Casa Grande (AZ), Tulare County in California's Central Valley, and most recently for Berkeley Public Library.
Jeff is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Library Leadership and Management Association, California Library Association, and for the past several years has chaired the CLA Management Interest Group. While Chair, Jeff worked to revive the mentoring committee for CLA's Management Interest Group and currently edits the group's newsletter LEAD. In addition, Jeff writes for Gather No Dust (gathernodust.blogspot.com), a library blog with a focus on management, leadership, and technology.
A voracious reader, Jeff sets a goal to read one hundred books per year. In addition to reading, Jeff enjoys cooking new dishes, attempting to achieve the perfect pie crust, playing Minecraft with his kids, and just generally spending time with his family. A native Californian, Jeff enjoys road trips with his family to explore the state and all it has to offer.