|CLA Elections 2014 - Patty Wong|
Patty Wong, Yolo County Library
Statement of Concerns
CLA is at important time in its growth and establishment as an organization. The American Library Association and the California Library Association are critical champions for library workers and the profession. The ALA Chapter Councilor’s role is a needed ambassador for CLA and for California library services. It is important that there is a clear, positive, well-developed and established relationship representing CA library priorities at the national level. This means a presence of concrete activism and a recognized voice, political acumen and solid leadership in both arenas- within CLA and ALA. This marks my 30th year as a librarian and as an ALA member. I have been a member of CLA for many of those 30 years. I have worked on CA library issues, formally and informally, most recently as part of the CLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee. As a lifelong Californian it is important to me to represent my home state and my professional association effectively. I have held numerous leadership positions in ALA and have worked well with ALA staff and the Executive Board. I currently serve as a Councilor-at-large, where I strive to build coalitions, navigate the politics and represent all that is great about California library service. I hope to extend this productive work with our national ethnic library professional associations and other ALA affiliates. I will work towards positioning CLA within the ALA landscape to bring opportunities home to California, and I ask for your vote for ALA Chapter Councilor.
County Librarian of the Yolo County Library system. In the past seven years we built two new library facilities, renovated a third, established a new strategic direction and have built on the existing skills of staff to focus on strengths and inclusion, youth development and community engagement. Partnerships and collaboration provides a strong foundation for our work within the County and throughout the region. My current focus is on regional and national broadband issues, grant writing and coaching and mentoring library leaders.