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CLA Elections 2016 - Dolly Goyal
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Dolly Goyal, Los Gatos Library


I am very excited to run for President for the California Library Association (CLA). I truly value this organization; it has given me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally allowing the pride and love I have for librarianship to flourish. Coming from humble beginnings, I never thought I could reach the opportunities that I have and I could not have done so without the help of the librarians around me and CLA. I am running for CLA President to be a part of shaping the bright future of this organization for the new generation of professionals while also drawing upon the knowledge and experience of those who are more seasoned.


Candidate Statement

As your CLA President, I want to explore how we can cultivate a culture of diversity within our services provided through our various types of institutions as well as in the profession. We have made great strides connecting with each other through the California Libraries Facebook page, but we continue to have library school students who are unaware of the benefit of what that kind of network can do for them. We also have young professionals and paraprofessionals who may not know the benefits that CLA can offer or where to start to get more connected to their peers. Mentorship is so valuable to the profession and there are various ways to have local librarian-to-librarian peer support and mentor groups.
There are advocacy opportunities to promote the profession itself to demonstrate our value on a statewide and national level. As libraries of the future, we must continue to be at the forefront in addressing the needs our community with an open-mind, compassion and dignity. As an organization, we must also fulfill our goal of stabilizing our executive leadership and maintaining our financial strength. 
As CLA President, I will work hard to be representative of what CLA stands for. I enjoy working collaboratively in teams, am open to all ideas, solutions focused, an active listener, and most of all, I like to keep a positive spirit and make work fun. I would be honored to represent you as we move CLA into the future.



Dolly Goyal has worked in public libraries since age 15, before she knew she would be a librarian. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University. She moved to California with the intention of working in academic and special libraries but her first position as a Page at Santa Clara City Library, steered her toward public libraries and specifically, teen services. After graduation from San Jose State University with a Master of Library and Information Science, she started working in youth services and adult services in Santa Clara County Library District. She obtained her first full-time position in teen services at San Mateo County Libraries where she later became a Branch Manager. Dolly is currently the Director for Los Gatos Library.
Dolly is a 2012 Eureka! Institute Fellow and 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader with a sponsorship from YALSA. She was nominated to serve on the 2015 Printz Committee and later the 2016 YALSA President’s Program Task Force. Dolly is a member of REFORMA, Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) and locally, the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA). In 2016, through BAYA, Dolly was part of the CLA Young Adult Services Award. As a firm believer in sharing resources, Dolly has co-presented at CLA, ALA and PLA on topics such as teen services programming, leading your career, management and the Outside the Lines library initiative. Most recently, she was a part of a panel for librarians and educators at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International. Dolly lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and canine rescue, Lois Lane.