|CLA Elections 2014 - Michelle Perera|
Michelle Perera: Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Statement of ConcernsI truly believe that librarians (and our libraries) have the power and passion to change lives in our communities. CLA is an organization that, for over 100 years, has been committed to supporting libraries and librarians with their mission through professional development, networking, and advocacy. This aligns with what personally drives me:
- Development of staff to be the future leaders, innovators, and change agents in our profession – and most importantly, finding the resources so to do.
- Enhancing the brand image of libraries by promoting the innovative services and programs that all libraries provide, as well as showcasing the value libraries bring to communities.
- Ensuring librarians are seen as relevant, professional contributors both in the profession and in their organizations (which will also result in a greater positive image for the overall profession).
I have been a CLA Board Member for three years and have seen that the California Library Association can play an important role in the future of California libraries, especially in the areas in which I am most passionate. Whereas the last few years have been tough years for libraries and CLA, I know the future is bright, and I want to continue to be a part of the CLA Board that helps move libraries forward.
BackgroundI am the Assistant Library Director for Rancho Cucamonga Library Services, where I have worked for 20 years. I have a BA in English and a Master of Library Science. I have also worked for Upland, Glendora, and San Marino Libraries, and taught for 7 years for SJSU SLIS program. I was honored to receive the CLA Award for Excellence as a Public Librarian in 2008, was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2013, was a 2013 Eureka mentor, and currently serve as a Board Member for the California Library Association.
Some of the accomplishments in Rancho Cucamonga of which I am most proud are the Play and Learn Islands™ project, the Staff Innovation Fund™, and of course, winning the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2013. I love my job and am most proud of my talented, innovative, enthusiastic staff in Rancho Cucamonga.
In my spare time, I love to travel, go to concerts and the theater, watch football, go to the movies, take photos, and watch reality TV. I have two cats – Smokey – who showed up at my house and adopted me and most recently, the Bandit, who befriended Smokey.