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March 24, 2020

COVID 19 Resources
A joint project of the California State Library and the California Library Association

March 23, 2020

A Resolution of the California Library Association, March 23, 2020

The current COVID 19 pandemic is challenging all of us, and in recognition of the importance of facing this public health crisis as effectively as possible, the California Library Association, in alignment with the American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), unequivocally stands in support of the safety and well-being of library workers and the communities we serve.

Library services are essential for the well-being of local communities, especially in times of crisis. Libraries will also be a critical component of the recovery efforts in local communities once the current crisis has passed. Service and stewardship to our communities are core to the library profession. 

The California LIbrary Association strongly supports libraries that have already chosen to close library facilities. In addition, the California Library Association has made the difficult decision to:

  • Recommend that academic, public and school library leaders and their trustees and governing bodies close library facilities to the public

  • Only reopen when guidance from public health officials indicates the risk from COVID-19 has significantly subsided. 

We have weighed the situation of our state, country and what has happened in other countries around the world. The health of our library workers and the communities we serve is of utmost and equal importance. Library facilities are by design unable to support physical distancing to the degree recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health authorities. Keeping library buildings open at this time has the potential to harm communities more than help. We underscore the importance and need to come together in this crisis and commit to ensuring our libraries, which provide so many important services to our communities, do not serve as vectors for a fast-moving pandemic.

Libraries are responding creatively and proactively to this crisis. School libraries in many states have closed along with schools and many have plans to provide online classes to students. Public libraries are making online resources available and considering other ways they can help during the crisis. Academic libraries are providing online services and access to resources. All libraries are working with their school administrators, governments, boards, and university administrations to determine critical services and closures following local directives. 

The California Library Association also encourages library administrations and governing bodies to continue all existing pay and benefits, including health benefits, for all library workers, and to provide work from home or paid leave options while facilities remain closed in response to the current pandemic. Library employees should be treated equitably with employees in other departments in local jurisdictions.

Although closing a library is a local decision, we urge library administrators, local boards, and governments to close library facilities until such time as library workers and our communities are no longer at risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The California Library Association is committed to supporting our library workers, CLA members, and the communities we serve during these challenging, uncertain, and rapidly evolving times.

March 21, 2020

CLA 2020 Annual Conference
Everyone Counts!
Call for Proposals

Due to disruptions from COVID-19 the deadline has been extended to April 3.
Please contribute your great idea, we want to hear from you!
Thank you,
Hillary Theyer, CLA President

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

Equity and Inclusion
• Building a Diverse Workforce
• Compassion Fatigue
• Intercultural Competence and Anti-bias Training
• Structural and Institutional Racism

Front-line Staff Development
• Customer Service Excellence
• Getting Your Great Idea to Management
• Promotional Testing for Clerical and Non-MLIS Staff

• Advocacy and Community Engagement
• Change Management and Communication
• Underrepresented Leadership (Women, POC)

• Data Analysis
• Facility and Spaces
• Safety, Security, and Privacy

Programming and Collection Development
• Adult, Children, and Teen Services
• Bookmobile and Mobile Services
• Literacy (Adult, Civic, Digital, Early, Health, Legal)
• Technical Services

• AI and Augmented Reality
• eContent Strategies
• Website Development
• Connected Learning

Timeline for Proposal Call
Open call for proposals: February 17, 2020
Close call for proposals: March 20, 2020
Review by CLA Programming Committee: March 23, 2020-April 3, 2020
Announce selected proposals: May 1, 2020 on 

Program Types
Pre-Conference Sessions
These are offered before the conference begins and are usually a half or full day session. This is your chance to take a deep dive with colleagues and share your expert knowledge on a topic.

Regular Sessions
Shorter than a pre-conference, a regular session presentation allows you to share your knowledge of a specific topic with your colleagues in a panel, interactive, game show, or format of your choosing. You have the time and talent, now GET CREATIVE!

Ignite Talks
Enlighten us—quickly. Ignite Talks are fun, five-minute presentations of no more than 20 slides. Spark interest in a new topic!

Poster Sessions
Share an interest in an informal setting. A 50-minute, simultaneous sessions enables you to discuss a project or passion without the pressure of presenting a traditional session.

If your proposed program is selected, you will be encouraged to market it through social media and your network, as well as engage conference attendees.

Video Recording
CLA may record select programs to make conference content accessible to those who cannot attend. Will you allow us to film your session?

Funding and Scholarship Program
Each presenter will be responsible for their own conference registration, hotel accommodation, and travel. Sign up during early bird registration for a minimum one-day pass to present. A request for exception will only be considered for those not attending other conference programs. Send your request via email to CLA Conference Chair

CLA does offers financial support through a competitive scholarship program for those who do not receive funding from their employer. The scholarship focuses on clerical and library assistant staff, as well as the underemployed.

If you have a question about your proposal, please contact Program Chairs at

CLA Mission
CLA is the community for California libraries. The Association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services, librarianship, and the library community. We help members excel in a fast-changing job market. We're a resource for learning about new ideas and technology, and we actively work to influence legislation affecting libraries and librarians.

March 14, 2020

To All Our Magnificent California Libraries

There is no playbook for this.  

In so many other situations, we reach out, and get what others have done.  Wildfire, earthquake, landslide ... building problems, staffing situations, public service needs.  We get each other's plans, scripts, organizational expertise, and personal help.  In the last few days, we have built this new reality together. As libraries close or rearrange services to meet their community's needs, we are all helping each other build the path as we walk it.  

We are amazing.

The California Library Association is working on the path forward for all the grants and programs you expect in the next two months.  CLA staff, your CLA Board, and all the grant and program managers along with our partners at the California State Library are in constant communication.  You have seen in-person events move online, be postponed, or be rearranged. Each program will communicate with participants and libraries as we learn things, and if you need a contact please reach out to your CLA Board or Staff and we will get you in touch.   We are looking at every deadline, every option, and every tool we have available to bring you the meaningful training, networking, and services you expect from these opportunities.  

We are still planning on an in person CLA Conference in Pasadena in October.  We are extending the deadline for program proposals to let you breathe, and still share your expertise with your colleagues around California.  If you have even the gist of an idea, put in a placeholder and share that with me so we can fill it out together, I don't want to miss it.

Your Legislative and Advocacy Committee is working on current concerns including the budget items for libraries such as Zip Books and Lunch at the Library, and SB-1025 Umberg, the "California Student Success Act"."  The format may change, the deadlines may shift, this work does not stop, and CLA is moving these items forward.  

Finally, I want to share what I sent to my colleagues at the Monterey County Free Libraries about our ability to navigate these new waters.

"We can sort and shift information quickly, we know how to digest it and frame it for a variety of audiences, we know how to conduct the 'reference interview' for a patron to be sure we are approaching their need from the right angle, and we are getting back to them the best resources for them, for their need, at this time.  We can turn on a dime when we need to, explain any changes quickly to the audience in front of us, and adjust our own processes accordingly.  We aren't scared or intimidated when we need to ask questions of others, call for help, or say we don't know - we just go find out."

This is where we shine, and this is where our expertise shows.  In person or online, via text chat or Zoom video, when writing a press release or a Facebook post, we get it done.  We are the library, it's just what we do.

On behalf of the CLA Board, thank you for all that you do,

Hillary Theyer
CLA President


March 2, 2020

NEW Institutional Membership Benefits


The California Library Association appreciates our Institutional Members. Your support is crucial. We have heard your requests for more membership levels scaled to your needs. So, effective March 16 institutional members can choose from one of six levels instead of four levels. These benefits include free job postings and free or reduced-price advance online        conference registrations, and more. 


Starting Monday, March 16 Institutional Memberships will be available in new levels, with enhanced benefit options.  After joining, with costs based on your organizations operating expenditures, these additional levels bring additional benefits.

See the California Library Association Membership Page for details. ( )

March 1, 2020

Hello Library Advocates and Supporters!

It's time for Day in the District, when the California Library Association asks you to visit with your local legislators, and bring them up to date on their amazing libraries.  Visit with your constituents and library users, join with other libraries and go as a group, or bring your Board or Commissioners.  Make your voices heard and remind them of the critical service libraries bring to their districts.  

With Senator Umberg's introduction of legislation, and the proposed funding for Lunch at the Library and Zip Books in the Governor's budget, we know libraries are being discussed. Let's go equip our representatives with facts, data, and stories to enhance the discussion of these important programs, and detail the impact of this funding so it stays in the budget.  This comes from you, serving your communities.  As much as CLA can gather and assistant, each office wants to hear from the people they serve.  

Please see the Day in the District web page here: for information on how to find your legislators, set up a meet and greet, prepare for your meeting, and ensure your legislator gets the message.  Reach out to the CLA Advocacy and Legislation Committee ( or your CLA Board ( for anything that can help make your visit a success.  Tell us your stories after your visit.  

Let's go out and speak for libraries!

Thank you,

Hillary Theyer
CLA President

February 18, 2020

TO:                 CLA Members/ Systems/ Network Contacts

FROM:           Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

RE:                 News From the Capitol


Senator Tom Umberg (D-Santa Ana) has introduced legislation at the California State Capitol to create a new initiative that would provide library cards to all K-12 students.  The bill, SB 1025-Umberg, is dubbed the “California Student Success Act” and is intended to require a school district, county office of education or charter school to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a library district for the purpose of providing every enrolled student with a “student success card” (library card).  The State Library would be tasked with drafting the model MOA. 

In a corresponding press release issued by Senator Umberg, he stated, “In today’s media market, images, headlines, and stories reach people at an astounding speed – so it’s more important than ever that we, as policymakers, ensure that disseminated information is factual and supported by empirical evidence…We owe our children the ability to wade through the morass by learning effective research and study skills – unfettered access to our public library systems is a relatively easy way to accomplish this.”   State Librarian Greg Lucas also was quoted in the press release, stating, “Wherever you are, whoever you are, however old you are, every student benefits from having a public library card.  It’s a key not just to success in school, but in life.”  Finally, Los Angles City Librarian John Szabo added, in speaking of L.A’s “game changing” program:  “Our program ensures that every child in the nation’s second largest school district has access to all of our amazing digital resources as well as the collections and services in our neighborhood libraries.  This kind of exposure sparks a lifelong relationship with the library.” 

CLA has been actively involved in early discussions regarding SB 1025 and looks forward to working with Senator Umberg and the K-12 school community on this important piece of legislation.  SB 1025 will be heard in its first policy committee, Senate Education Committee, in late March or early April.  Some key components of the legislation are:

  • A Memorandum of Agreement shall be effective for 5 years and may be renewed.
  • A library and school district that currently have a Memorandum of Agreement in existence by December 31, 2020 may retain that MOA and continue to operate under that agreement.
  • A pupil’s school-issued ID number shall be be used as the library account number.
  • A parent or guardian may opt their pupil out of enrollment for the card.
  • Federal and state privacy laws will be in effect.
  • The MOA may include language indicating the scope of access to library resources (all, some, etc.)
  • The library must report statistics to the State Librarian regarding measurable increases in resource/materials usage, etc. by students after each five-year MOA.
  • Provisions for library staff to visit schools and make presentations regarding the library and its resources.

January 10, 2020

News From the Capitol
From: Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

-Provides new funding for Lunch at the Library and Zip Books
-Proposes “Broadband for All”

This morning Governor Gavin Newsom presented his 2020-21 State Budget and left no stone unturned with the press corps, as the Governor laid out details and took reporters’ questions for an unprecedented three hours.  The Governor stated that he was “excited about this year and for California’s future” as he highlighted components of his new Budget.  Governor Newsom’s spending plan includes: funding a homelessness package, a 16% increase to In-Home Supportive Services, a proposal to make “California the first state to create its own generic drug label” in order to combat high drug costs for Californians, a reduction of the minimum franchise tax for small businesses in order to remove “a barrier to entrepreneurship and job creation,” establishment of a new nicotine content-based E-cigarette tax to be used for youth prevention efforts, etc., and continuing to set aside Budget reserve funds for a “rainy day.”    Even with the appearance of a seemingly strong economy, the Governor’s Budget states, “…continued growth is uncertain due to the instability in global economic markets and the nation’s political climate….Building on the 2019 Budget Act, the Budget continues to build reserves and promotes a more effective government that can withstand a downturn in the economy, as well as emergencies and disasters.” 

Of importance to CLA, the Budget contains good news for public libraries.  The Governor continues to support two programs that he provided support for in the 2019-20 Budget – “Lunch at the Library” and Zip Books. 

For “Lunch at the Library: $1 million in “one-time” General Fund dollars (meaning that it must be spent in Budget Year 2020-21 and is not “ongoing” in nature) would be provided for libraries to “develop summer meal programs for students in low-income communities.” 

For Online Service Systems:  the Governor is proposing $1 million in one-time General Fund dollars in order to “support the online purchase and delivery of books through the Zip Books program.  This no-cost service is an alternative to traditional interlibrary loan and enables library patrons to more efficiently request and receive books not available at their local library.” 

The Governor is also proposing $500,000 in ongoing General Fund dollars for the purpose of supporting the services provided by the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles.   Finally, the Governor also includes $170,000 in ongoing funds for a technical issue relating to Public Utility Commission fees pertaining to the State’s public library broadband connectivity program in conjunction with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).

Governor’s “Broadband for All” Plan

Additionally, under his “Infrastructure” section of the Budget, the Governor is proposing a substantive statewide “Broadband for All” plan, which he describes as follows:

Affordable high-speed Internet is vital to the daily lives of all Californians, such as receiving medical treatment, completing school homework, and taking advantage of emerging economic opportunities.  Digital equity and inclusion – ensuring all communities enjoy the fruits of innovation – necessitates Broadband for All.”  The Governor’s plan would include “mapping the state of connectivity in California, including whether, where, and at what speed Californians have access to affordable high-speed Internet.”  The Governor would task the Public Utility Commission with this endeavor, directing them to use a geographic information system (GIS)-based analysis.  Some funding will be provided to schools and community colleges for connectivity under this plan.  Simultaneously, the state will review existing funding sources such as the California Teleconnect Fund, California Advanced Services Fund, and federal funds in order to tap approximately $900 million over the next five years for broadband connectivity. The Department of Technology will lead this overall effort.

The legislature will now begin the process of reviewing the Governor’s Budget over the course of the next few months.  Budget Subcommittee hearings will be held to discuss and analyze the various proposals.  In May, the Governor will release his May Revision of the State Budget, which essentially allows him to make funding/program adjustments after having received the April tax receipts.  The Budget Subcommittees will wrap up their work in late May and the full Budget Committees and Budget Conference Committee will craft the final Budget, in consultation with the Governor’s Office.  The Budget must be passed by the constitutional deadline of June 15.  We will continue to keep CLA members updated as these issues proceed through the Budget process in 2020.

December 5, 2019

Sister Libraries

To promote the concept of a global community of libraries, the American Library Association (ALA) encourages U.S. libraries to form partnerships with libraries in other countries. Developing a Sister Library relationship can be a great opportunity for each library to learn about the work and lives of librarians around the world.


  • Broaden your staff’s view of the library profession
  • Increase staff and community knowledge of other cultures
  • Exchange information, resources, expertise, and training between libraries
  • Share techniques and technologies to help solve problems
  • Improve access to information in both countries
  • Promote awareness of libraries and their international reach
  • Raise awareness of issues and needs facing libraries in various countries


Get tips on how to find a Sister Library. Browse “Libraries Seeking Sisters” list of libraries seeking a Sister Library partnership.  If you wish to be added to the list so that a potential Sister Library can find you, complete this form: Add Me to the List of Sister Libraries Seeking Partners. For more information, email  

Each Sister Library relationship is unique. Once two libraries decide to partner, they establish the level of commitment that they are both comfortable with; the partnership can be as formal or informal as desired.  It can be as simple as holding virtual conversations once a month to exchange ideas, or more complex involving exchanges of materials and staff. For more examples of successful library partnerships, check our Success Stories page.

Building a partnership with a library in another country means exchange of knowledge, information, resources, experience, and good ideas on library work. Join us in making the library world a little smaller and more connected! The Sister Libraries Committee is looking forward to your participation.


Sister Libraries Committee
ALA International Relations Round Table

October 26, 2019


Presented by the Advocacy & Legislative Committee to further the mission of California libraries


The California Library Association Executive Board works with the CLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee, CLA lobbyists and association members to make a difference for California libraries and the communities they serve, working primarily at the state level; some support is offered for local and national advocacy. CLA is a non-partisan organization.

CLA supports local libraries and their advocates in building strong relationships with communities, legislators and leaders through Day in the District and other outreach.

CLA actively advocates for:

      Infrastructure Needs of California Libraries

      Equitable Access to Library and Information Services including:

      Broadband Equity for California Communities

      eMedia and Electronic Resources

      Library participation/representation in statewide initiatives for:

      Early Education

      Adult/Family Literacy

      Digital Literacy

      Career Support

      Services for Vulnerable Populations

      After-School/Summer Programs for Youth

      Other Educational and Social Service Programs

      California State Library Funding and Budget Enhancements

CLA generally supports the positions taken by the American Library Association in other key action areas, including:

      Intellectual Freedom


      Census 2020

      Net Neutrality

CLA also monitors all state legislation that may impact items on the above list or that are identified as having an impact on libraries, library funding and/or library staff.

Approved and adopted by the CLA Executive Board on October 26, 2019

October 7, 2019

2019 Election Results

As of October 4, 2019, CLA has 1,487 voting members. 10% of that number constitutes a quorum for a valid election.

234 votes were cast using the online voting system, but 21 of those did not have a current member number and not counted.


# of Votes Cast

% Votes Cast

Jayanti Addelman



Heather Cousins



At-Large Representative (the top 2 are elected)

Jeanette Contreras



Brandy Buenafe



Susan Broman



Brian Edwards



Madeline Bryant



Dana Vinke



Student Representative

Mayra Fuentes



Danny Thien Le



Are you in favor of setting $40 as the annual dues for paraprofessionals joining CLA as Voting Members?









August 1, 2019

CLA Statement RE: LinkedIn Learning
and Access to

The California Library Association has been closely following the conversations and discussions surrounding LinkedIn Learning’s change to access for library users, engaging and participating along with many concerned librarians in California, and across the United States. 

Please find a message from the California State Librarian (, and a message from the American Library Association ( regarding the changes for access to, and the privacy implications.

While CLA is disappointed in the decision of LinkedIn Learning, we are proud of California's strong privacy laws that protect the library use of all our patrons.  This includes the California specific Government Code section protecting patron privacy in use of resources from their public library.  You can find this provision, along with other California Library Laws here: and we encourage all Librarians to be well informed.

These protections, and the principles that enable all to use their public library, are further enshrined in local privacy policies, our adherence to professional practices, and the daily work we do for Californians every day.  

In addition, along with the American Library Association, we “encourage library vendors to respect the privacy and confidentiality of library users.”  We also encourage you all to review your policies and procedures as they pertain to privacy, review the hyperlinked information, and determine the best course of action for your respective libraries. 


Michelle Perera, CLA President and the CLA Board