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May 14, 2020

Library programs intended for funding are “withdrawn” due to $54.3 billion Budget deficit

During a press event held at the noon hour today, Governor Gavin Newsom released his “May Revision” of the 2020-21 State Budget, which updates the Budget that he proposed in January.  In the “May Revision” document, the Governor writes:  “In January, California was the rocket fuel powering the American economic resurgence – with 118 consecutive months of growth, stratospheric job creation, and the highest credit rating in nearly two decades…Now, our state is in an unprecedented emergency, facing massive job losses and shortfalls in record time.  This Budget reflects that emergency.”  He goes on to state, “This is no normal year.  And this is no ordinary May Revision.”

May 9, 2020

The California Library Association Board of Directors is pleased that LinkedIn Learning is not moving forward with requiring users of the product through a library subscription to create a LinkedIn profile More

May 8, 2020

The California State Library announced today a partnership with the California Library Association to provide a new literacy tool to libraries statewide. Awarded this week, the grant will provide every public library jurisdiction a subscription to the Beanstack platform at no charge. More

April 20, 2020

A Letter to Library Stakeholders:

It is National Library Week, and there’s no better time to reflect on the power of libraries. While most of our doors are physically closed right now, libraries are working hard to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

Libraries bring immense value in this time and for the recovery ahead. more

2020 Annual Conference Postponed to May 6-8, 2021

The extreme challenges of the past few weeks is taking its toll - on libraries, on library staff, on communities.  

The California Library Association has been working on how we can best serve you during these times.  Given the current uncertainty about when we will be able to gather together again, the ability of libraries and library staff to engage in a professional conference right now, and how to best bring you the top notch conference you are used to from CLA in our new circumstances, we are postponing the 2020 Annual Conference, and have rescheduled it for May 6-8, 2021, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

This postponement allows CLA to assist libraries as they manage service under new parameters, develop budgets and apply for grants with shaken resources and communities that will need recovery, and in gathering resources to continue the magnificent work we are doing, and continue to do, for all.  It allows CLA to learn from libraries about where we all stand, and what type of professional development can be best offered to enable us to thrive.  We will be looking at all formats to bring you information, engagement, and networking opportunities - physically or virtually - as our situation evolves through the rest of 2020 and into 2021.

If you applied to provide a conference program, we will be in touch to work with you. If this wasn't something you could manage right now, or you have new ideas, the door will open again.  We will rearrange, reexamine, and revisit every aspect of conference to bring you a fantastic professional development, continuing education, and networking opportunity.  When we can gather again.  

Thank you all for your support of the California Library Association, and for your work in, with, and supporting your libraries. 

Hillary Theyer, President
California Library Association


March 24, 2020

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