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We are looking for YOU to run for CLA Office!


The California Library Association (CLA) Nominating Committee is looking for extraordinary candidates to run for CLA office!


If you are enthusiastic about making a difference in California Libraries, please consider running for the current vacancies: President-Elect, Board Student Representative, and two At-Large Board of Director positions.


An ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • Excitement with the profession and invested in helping it THRIVE!
  • Experience in working alongside the talented library and information science; professionals from various types of libraries serving diverse communities in California;
  • Desire to advocate for library funding and services through CLA;
  • Willingness to be a voice for the CLA membership and libraries all over California


All CLA Board members serve three-year, staggered terms. Elections will be held in September and newly-elected Board members begin their volunteer duty following CLA's annual conference. For specific information regarding Board of Director roles, Bylaws, and Standing Rules, please visit the CLA Governance page,


With our nation’s current social and political challenges, we need passionate and committed individuals to be change agents. YOU have a chance to make a difference by joining the CLA Board of Directors!


If you are interested in running, please return this completed Self-Nomination Form to by June 7, 2019 with the Subject Line: “Self-Nomination 2019”. If you would like to recommend a colleague for consideration, please e-mail the CLA Nominating Committee at info@cla-net.orgAll nominations must be received by June 7, 2019.


Thank you!


2019 CLA Nominating Committee:

Dolly Goyal, CLA Past President, San Mateo County Libraries

Jené Brown, Los Angeles Public Library

Jennifer Noble, Los Angeles Public Library

Courtney Saldana, Ontario City Library

William Sannwald, San Diego County Library,

Sherry Wade, Kern County Library


ACTION REQUESTED – LETTERS NEEDED FOR ACA 1 - “55%” Vote Bill is currently on the Assembly Floor 

5/20/2019 - Last Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Cecila Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) and sent it to the Assembly Floor for consideration.  As we have previously reported, ACA 1 would lower the local vote threshold for construction bonds and special taxes for local government infrastructure from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  CLA is strongly supporting this measure, as, among other things, it would help to alleviate the significant backlog of local library facility construction needs throughout the state.  According to a Needs Assessment conducted by CLA two years ago, the projected need is well in excess of $4 billion.  Many public libraries have cited challenges in overcoming the current two-thirds vote requirement during their local ballot campaigns...[read more]


Budget Subcommittees at the Capitol Discuss Governor’s May Revise Proposal for Libraries 

5/15/2019 - This morning both the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance met to consider Governor Newsom’s May Revision proposals, which included $8 million in new funding for two library programs under the State Library’s purview.   The Senate subcommittee took formal action on the library items and voted to move them forward, while the Assembly decided to treat today’s hearing as “informational” only, and they held most of their items “open” for a few more days.  The subcommittee has traditionally been very supportive of library funding, so we are optimistic that they will similarly vote to move these items forward when they close out their work....[read more]


GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S “MAY REVISE” SURPRISE - Newly amended Budget proposal 

5/9/2019 - This morning Governor Gavin Newsom appeared before the press corps at the State Capitol to formally unveil his revisions to his January 2019-20 State Budget.  Known as the “May Revision” or “May Revise,” this document is typically released on or around May 15th after the Governor and his Department of Finance have had the opportunity to receive the April tax receipts and make a more accurate determination about the state’s fiscal health...[read more]



5/3/2019 - On Tuesday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee Number 2 on Education Finance at the State Capitol held a hearing to discuss several issues relating to Governor Newsom’s January 2019-20 State Budget, including two popular library programs.   Yesterday the Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance also took up the library matters.  After positive discussions, both subcommittees “held the items open” temporarily...[read more]



4/11/2019 - As recently reported, the Assembly Local Government Committee passed ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), which seeks to lower the local vote threshold for local construction bonds and special taxes from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  The measure is now headed to the fiscal committee in the Assembly, which is known as the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  CLA members and library supporters are being encouraged to write the committee and encourage their support of this important constitutional amendment.  One key element of ACA 1 would establish the same local vote threshold that is currently authorized for K-12 school construction bonds and would bring about parity for all local government projects, such as housing, road repair, libraries, and parks.  CLA is in strong support of the measure...[read more]


3/29/2019 - On Wednesday afternoon, the Assembly Local Government Committee considered ACA 1, a constitutional amendment by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) which seeks to lower the local vote threshold for local construction bonds and special taxes from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  The measure passed on a vote of 5 “ayes” to 2 “noes.”  CLA is supporting this important measure...[read more]


3/20/2019 - On Wednesday, March 27th the Assembly Local Government Committee at the California State Capitol, will be hearing ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters).  The measure, which is being supported by the California Library Association, will reduce the local vote threshold for the approval of public infrastructure local bond and special tax measures from the current two-thirds vote to a 55% majority.  The measure could potentially benefit all types of public infrastructure, including but not limited to parks, flood control, libraries, streets, water quality, and broadband.  The bill has been amended to include public libraries and to clarify that cities, counties, and “special districts” will all be eligible under the bill...[read more]


President Eliminates Federal Library Funding- Take Action

3/11/2019 - As expected the President is eliminates funding for libraries in his budget. So it is time to get messages to members of the House of Representatives to sign the “Dear Appropriator” Letters.

This action call link below is for everyone. So thanks for sending it out to all of your lists.

A message to  the Chapters to create and send your letters for IMLS and IAL will be coming soon.

Thanks for all your help on this!

[Click here to Read More and for the Action Call Link]


2019 CLA Conference - Call for Proposals

2/21/2019 - California libraries get a lot of love—149 million individual visits and ten million program attendees each year. Why the popularity? What’s the secret sauce? Answer: you, the diverse and devoted library staff who work tirelessly, creatively, ingeniously, and productively. The 2019 CLA Conference being held in Pasadena on October 24-26 celebrates all the exceptional ways you serve your community. This year’s theme is “The League of Extraordinary Librarians.”

So, how do YOU do extraordinary? Tell us at the conference! We are accepting proposals for presentations and talks from all members of the library community. Clerical and non-MLIS staff are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

Timeline for Proposal Call

Open call for proposals: February 21, 2019
Deadline for proposals: March 21, 2019

Submission website:

Review by CLA Programming Committee: March 26, 2019- April 9, 2019

Announce selected proposals: May 19, 2019 on 

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



GOVERNOR NEWSOM RELEASES FIRST STATE BUDGET: Funding Proposed for Library Programs and Prison Literacy

1/10/2019 - At 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at the Secretary of State’s Office auditorium to present the first state Budget of his new Administration.  Governor Newsom introduced a $209 billion proposed Budget, of which $144 billion is General Fund (e.g. versus “special funds,” etc.). The Governor explained in detail numerous programs that were priorities for him, stating, “I want to do justice to the magnitude of the decisions.  These dollars are attached to real people and real people’s lives.” He has focused a great deal of new funding in health and human services and K-12 and higher education, including early childhood education, special education, and providing the first two years free for community college enrollees.   The Governor also cautioned that the state has been in a prolonged economic recovery, and said it is important to guard against the next Recession. He uses funding to pay down the so-called “wall of debt” that was incurred under previous Administrations and he places $2.3 billion into reserves for future disasters (fires, earthquakes). “The message we are advancing here is discipline,” the Governor stated.  As such, he has dedicated a large amount of the new funding to “one-time” enhancements (must be spent in Budget year 2019-2020), rather than “ongoing” funds...[read more]



1/2/2019 - The California State Library has awarded California Library Association a $1,000,000 local assistance grant to support the expansion and enhancement of the Lunch at the Library program for Summer 2019. These funds are intended to expand the number of, and enhance the quality of, library meal sites in California. 

California libraries will be offered the opportunity to apply for these funds through mini grants. The grants will support program expansion and enhancement, and library jurisdictions providing pop-up programming at community (non-library) summer meal sites....[read more]



12/5/2018 - Yesterday afternoon the Assembly and Senate convened at the State Capitol for the purpose of swearing in the newly elected legislators for the 2019-20 legislative session.  The celebratory day featured opening remarks from Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and even a rousing standing ovation for the departing Governor, Jerry Brown.  The legislature will now be in Recess for the rest of December and will return to begin their Session on January 7.  Before the day concluded, legislators were allowed to introduce their first legislation of the session.  A surprisingly large number of bills (198) were introduced in total.  One measure, ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Aguiar-Curry will be of particular interest and potentially of great benefit to CLA members as the 2019-20 session kicks into gear...[read more]


2018 CLA Elections

10/18/2018 - We would like to congratulate and welcome our newest CLA board members President-Elect Hilary Theyer, Secretary Stephanie Beverage, and Board Members at Large Jayanti Addleman, Chris Brown, Shawn Thrasher, and Emily Weak.  Please follow the link for full election results...[read more]



6/29/2018 - On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 State Budget at a press conference, flanked by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, and Senate Budget Chair Holly Mitchell.   The Governor, nearing the end of his final term in office, stated, “When I took office back in 2011, with the state facing a $27 billion deficit, I pledged to work with the Legislature to fix California’s financial mess. Today, the final Budget I sign delivers on that pledge and prepares us for the future...[read more]