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CLA Elections 2014 - Helen Fisher
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Helen Fisher, Ontario City Library

Statement of Concerns

I am thrilled to be a candidate for the California Library Association Board of Directors. I have been an active participant in CLA in a variety of roles over the last ten years. Serving as a member of the Board would be an amazing opportunity to continue to contribute to an organization that I care about immensely. I am deeply invested in the future of CLA and know that I have a valuable perspective to contribute. As a former literacy coordinator, youth services librarian, library manager, and now library director, I have had the opportunity to wear many hats in the library and have an understanding of the diversity of library services and needs. When I think about what CLA offers its members, the most critical are networking, learning, and advocacy. CLA can increase its value by continuing and growing new ways for members to connect with each other in person and virtually and by offering opportunities for members to get to know colleagues state-wide and gain perspective about work being done in other organizations. CLA is also where we teach and learn about the newest innovations in library services. CLA is our community where we learn about the amazing projects our colleagues, mentors, advocates and friends are doing and where we are inspired to try new things and ask new questions. We are more powerful than the sum of our parts, and CLA makes our voices louder at the State level by lobbying and advocating for California libraries so that we have the resources and recognition to do our jobs. As the economy begins to rebound and resources begin to return at the local and state level, it is critical that CLA continues the momentum as the crucial institution for California Libraries to meet, learn, and tell our stories Statewide.  If elected, I will bring passion and commitment to our professional association serving with my colleagues as CLA continues to move our organization and our libraries toward a bright future.

Background

Helen has been the Library Director for Ontario City Library for the past four years. As the Director, she has placed an emphasis on staff development and teamwork and has seen the organization flourish as a result. Prior to Ontario, Helen worked in many different capacities at San Bernardino County Library including County-wide Youth Services Coordinator and Library Regional Manager. She has been active in CLA’s Summer Reading Advisory Council serving as Chair in 2010 and the Member of the Year Committee serving as Chair in 2013-2014. Helen has been involved in the Inland Library System Youth Services and Summer Reading committees and is currently the Chair of the Inland Administrative Council. Helen is a 2010 Eureka Leadership Fellow. When she is not working, Helen enjoys trying new vegetarian recipes and restaurants and loves to travel.