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July 27, 2020

Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries with ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

On July 27 2020, ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. launched Holding Space: A National conversation series with libraries is the American Library Association’s nationwide virtual tour to highlight the innovation and impact of a diverse range of libraries and engage stakeholders to advocate for libraries and the communities they serve.


The California Library Association is honored to host President Julius on Friday, August 7 at 12:30pm Listen to the Kids: Youth- and Family-Centered Practices at Oakland Public Library

Oakland Public Library offers an array of programs and services for children and families that honor the input of all stakeholders, adjust to meet areas of greatest need, reflect evidence-based practices, and leverage partnerships to deepen connections within the community. Join Julius for a series of interviews with members of the extraordinary team that create and implement these programs, followed by a conversation with and performances by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate finalists! 

July 14, 2020

Dear California Library Community:

I am happy and excited to announce the theme of our next California Library Association conference: Renaissance: The Library Renewal.

The last few months have been interesting ones. I cannot remember a time when a large number of libraries, let alone almost all libraries, in the state had to shut down at one time. We have all been through various disasters – fires, floods. earthquakes, even drastic funding cuts – where our primary goal was to get materials and services back to our users. But our response to the COVID-19 crisis, and all that has followed, has been different from anything we have ever done before.

Our 2020 Conference, the theme of which reflected two of what should have been the biggest events of the year -- the census and the presidential election – could not be held this year. After much thought, the 2021 Conference was moved ahead from the usual Fall dates, to May 6-8. This conference will honor how we are having to reevaluate and reinvent ourselves – libraries, library staff, library vendors, library support groups, and library users. Our Conference Chairs will be Dolly Goyal, of San Mateo County Libraries, and Nicole Pasini, of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.

This is a conference of hope and fun, because who doesn’t need hope and fun at a time like this? Please stay tuned for our calls for proposals, award nominations, volunteers, etc.

My deepest gratitude to our CLA President Hillary Theyer and her 2020 Conference team for all the hard work they put into planning and for all the support they have given the 2021 team.

As always, CLA is here to serve and represent all of you, and I hope you will be able to participate in the conference as presenters, attendees, supporters, or simply as beneficiaries.

With warmest regards and great optimism for the year ahead,

Jayanti Addleman
CLA Vice President/President Elect 2021

June 5, 2020

CLA Statement Against Violence and Racism

The California Library Association (CLA) stands in solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism toward Black people and all people of color, and has endorsed BCALA's statement condemning increased violence and racism towards Black Americans and people of color.  CLA also supports the right of everyone to protest actions of institutionalized racism, demanding change for their communities, and for the nation.  We must reflect on the ways that CLA perpetuates institutional racism, and to take responsibility for challenging racial inequity and implementing positive change in our Association. We also strongly encourage our members to do the same in their libraries and in their communities.

CLA supports and empowers libraries, library staff, and library supporters to stand together; providing connections, learning, and advocacy for service to all in our communities.  We join libraries in the struggle to end internal, institutional, and interpersonal forms of racism and oppression.  Libraries are by intent places of learning, and institutions of social change.  Though most of our physical doors are still closed by the COVID-19, CLA encourages all libraries to use all our available methods to hear from, speak with, and support our communities in pain. 

Black lives matter, and CLA encourages all members to read BCALA's statement, to join the condemnation of the systemic and systematic social injustices endured by Black people and people of color, and to take the
APALA’s pledge against xenophobia.  Racism, in all its forms, destroys our communities.  We must all proactively work on eradicating racism anywhere and everywhere it exists.  

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