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CLA Newsletter - January 28, 2016
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CLA Chronicle
#2 issue: Wednesday, January 28, 2016

 

  

 





 

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President's Column 

It is a thrill and an honor to be the President of the California Library Association. I am excited to work with my fellow Board members and all California Libraries to make this the best professional organization.


We are coming off an incredible Reimagined and Reinvented conference in Pasadena and already planning to Swing into Action for the next conference in Sacramento November 3-5. With Derek Wolfgram as conference chair, you can be assured it is going to be awesome.

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Leadership for Librarians 

Like many cities, the City of Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau runs a program entitled Leadership Redondo, which is designed to prepare a select group of individuals who live and/or work in Redondo Beach to become future community leaders.  As the Redondo Beach Public Library Director, I have experienced the value of this program both as a beneficiary and, currently, as a participant.

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New Library Service Considerations

I wish that I could be like the cool kids (or considerations when introducing a new library service) 

Often after attending library conferences, I leave with not only a list of new professional contacts but also tons of new ideas I want to put into practice at my library. Although some of these ideas are innovative and creative, some may not be a good fit for my community and library system. Having said this, here are some things to consider before introducing a new library service:

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Most Loved Villain

It all begins with a reference question: “where are your Star Wars books?” Dozens of children have visited me at the Children’s Reference Desk with the same inquiry. I am very familiar with this question as my five-year-old son also likes these books. My husband and I shared our love for reading with both our children since infancy, but as parenting caution kicked in, we decided to base our storytimes on harmless, innocuous themes. As time passed, our son started to wonder about subjects such as death, prison, and villains. And naturally, the most loved subject of all, characters with super powers.


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Ask Jan! 

Ask Jan is the advice column of the CLA Chronicle, featuring the sage advice of Pasadena Library Director Jan Sanders.  Jan loves to answer even the stickiest questions, so keep ‘em coming!  Please send questions in care of the editorial team…

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CLA Interest Group Update: 

Technical Services Interest Group

CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group Stars Shine at ALA

The CLA TSIG had a number of members who received awards, planned, and presented programs on the national stage at ALA Annual in San Francisco.
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Ontario City Library presents

KinderGO! 

The Ontario City Library received a $20,000 grant from the State Library through the Pitch an Idea initiative in 2015.  Using these funds, we created a three-pronged approach to reaching and serving kindergarten students and their families.  The first part of KinderGO involved visiting every kinder classroom in our city and distributing special KinderGO library cards.  

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Helping Patrons with Financial Information Needs

Addressing personal finance information needs for your community can be intimidating. Financial literacy is no longer just setting a budget, buying a home and car, paying taxes, and making a will. Personal economics is much more complex for everyone. Grappling with a myriad of financial decisions such as mortgage types, insurance policies, 401(k) investments options, home equity lines of credit, 529 college savings products, credit cards, identity theft, car leases and estate planning is assumed these days. The steps to financial literacy are more challenging and essential, yet for the most part individuals are left on their own to improve their financial lives. 

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Celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of the Foundation of the National Library "Miguel Obregón Lizano" in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a small country in Central America, is characterized by its civil tradition.  Its reputation as an oasis of peace in a troubled region is no exaggeration.  Costa Rica has always given priority to education --primary education is free and compulsory for all school-aged children.

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Xujiahui Library: A Cultural Crossroads between East and West

Since its establishment in 1847 by French Jesuits, the Xujiahui Library (also known as Bibliotheca Zi-ka-wei) seems to stay intact despite the fall of the last dynasty, wars both world and civil, and political and economic reforms and upheavals. Many an effort has been made to decode the secret of its lasting survival, such as its role as a first public library in Shanghai, its unique collections, and continuing contributions from its dedicated librarians. While the above holds true, the author has discovered a number of aspects inherent, but vital to the success of the library: 1) A cultural and geographical crossroads between the East and the West, reflecting the city it is in; 2) Forward and outward library missions laid down by its founding fathers, and flexible adaptions to time and place; and 3) Core collections interacting between the East and the West to meet the needs of its diverse users. 

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The Torrance Public Library

Surviving the recession without cutting a single hour of service, the Torrance Public Library has added back every program, and is getting ready to fill vacant positions.  Serving the City of Torrance with its 149,000 residents, and the larger South Bay area between Los Angeles and Long Beach, Torrance is a City that prioritizes youth and seniors, and focuses on quality of life.  Six libraries are open five to seven days per week, with four branches sitting in lovely public parks and a three story main library in the Civic Center complex.

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Banned
Books Week

We’ve just celebrated Banned Books Week, which is a time of year that always encourages plenty of reflection about the free access to literature we enjoy in this country. I think it’s safe to say we all agree that banning books is bad, but there are still people in the world who think it’s their job to protect everyone else from objectionable material. In the past few months, there have been plenty of articles about people in favor of censorship and their favorite target often seems to be graphic novels. 

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Comments or Questions?
Editorial Committee







California Center for the Book 

Dear colleagues,

 

I hope that you saw the announcement on July 1 that the California Center for the Book is now a project of CLA.  This is a terrific new alliance for us, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with Natalie Cole, Robert Karatsu, Misty Jones and everyone at CLA.

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California Center for the Book 

Dear colleagues,

 

I hope that you saw the announcement on July 1 that the California Center for the Book is now a project of CLA.  This is a terrific new alliance for us, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with Natalie Cole, Robert Karatsu, Misty Jones and everyone at CLA.

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