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CLA Elections 2014 - Kimberlee Wheeler
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Kimberlee Wheeler, San Jose State University

Statement of Concerns

The opportunity to run for student representative to the CLA Board in this year’s election is an exciting way to become even more involved in a wonderful organization of peers, mentors and future colleagues. CLA has been an inspiring and exciting part of my education with respect to the issues I care about the most: intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights, library outreach, youth services, library history, archival preservation, and broadband access. The pursuit of a Master’s in Library and Information Science at San José State has opened my eyes to so many relevant changes taking place within our profession, including the digital media revolution, Web 2.0 technologies, the changing face of librarian roles and responsibilities, and so much more. The distinct ability and desire to connect, engage, mentor and work in teams are among the hallmarks of our trade, and CLA, making this chance to represent California students of library and information science meaningful, timely and relevant. If elected, I will be mindful of the statewide collective of students as a whole, throughout every region of California, as well as the multitude of educational backgrounds and perspectives our information leaders of the future embody with their hard work, dedication and willingness to seize the reins of an ever-changing professional landscape.


The coming academic year will be my third as a library student, and I truly enjoy the educational enhancement of ongoing participation in CLA, including two years with the Begun Scholarship Committee and recently joining the California Library Hall of Fame Committee. This is my second campaign for the student representative position, as any chance to work with the CLA Board would be a significant privilege. During the last four years, I learned both administrative and operational aspects of the senior library assistant role at Butte County Library in northern California. As part of the administration team, my experience included working as the first designated outreach coordinator for the library system, involving grant development and implementation, library events, media relations, and serving in a countywide capacity. My current position as youth services coordinator at the Paradise Library has also been richly rewarding. Prior experience includes over a decade working in community relations, author promotions and event management for a major book retailer, local literacy advocacy as a longtime Board member and past president of the Butte Literacy Council, and volunteering as a local arts feature producer for the NPR affiliate in Chico, where I’ve loved living the last 26 years.


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