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CLA Elections 2015 - Sara Jones
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Sara Jones, Marin Free Public Library

Board of Directors

Candidate Statement

I am a passionate supporter of state library associations. I believe it’s the most critical professional organization for a librarian, library worker, or advocate to not only join but to actively participate as a member.  A state library association provides members the best opportunity to network, to learn, to lead and to grow professionally.  Most of my time (25 years) was in one of the smallest state associations in the union, though small the Nevada Library Association (NLA) provided me excellent opportunities, lifelong friends and joyful comradery. This November will be my third time attending CLA and I will be presenting at two sessions.  I have greatly enjoyed and benefitted from each conference (and also had a lot of fun).  I am very willing to embrace CLA with the same passion and commitment I gave to NLA. I feel CLA has all the same qualities with the added opportunity to be national leader in state association excellence. I am passionate about the value of libraries in supporting education, being community anchors and proactively collaborating and sharing resources.  I also really enjoy participating in the politics, advocacy and legislative processes needed for our libraries to thrive. I believe these passions and my experience would be assets to the CLA Board and I would be honored to serve.


Sara Jones has been the Director of the Marin County Free Library since July of 2013. Sara has an MLS from Syracuse University and is a current doctoral student in the distance independent PhD program at the University of North Texas, studying the implications and efficacy of online and hybrid MLS programs. Prior to coming to California she held positions in Nevada Libraries for 25 years. She served as the Carson City Library Director, the Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System Director and their Youth Services Coordinator, and served as the Nevada State Librarian and Administrator of the State library and Archives. She has over 25 years’ experience managing libraries. Sara has taught in the San Jose State University and the University of North Texas LIS programs.  She will chair the California Library Association Legislative Committee in  2016 and currently is on the Executive Committee of Link+ (a union catalog of contributed holdings from participating libraries in California and Nevada where patrons from member libraries electronically request an item not available in their own library and it is delivered to them for check-out).   

During her time in Nevada she was named the Librarian of the Year in 2012: served as Nevada’s ALA Council Delegate for four years; Coordinated ALA National Library Legislative Day for Nevada for 12 years; served as the Nevada Library Association President; was an active member of the Western Council of State Library Agencies serving as both Vice President and President and served onUniversity of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences, Board of Advisors for over 10 years.