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CLA Elections 2016 - Cindy Mediavilla
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Cindy Mediavilla, Library Consultant

Board Candidate

As a member for over 30 years, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly and still love CLA! I bring an open mind and a desire to help move CLA forward.

Candidate Statement

After serving CLA in many different capacities—including as president in 2001—I’d like to be part of the Association’s decision-making team once again. I would bring to the Board many years of experience in the profession, as well as in CLA, and am passionate about making the Association the best it can be. In fact, I believe CLA should be the primary leader in all things related to California libraries! To do this, we must engage members and non-members alike through more and better communication. If elected, I will seek to learn about constituent needs and aspirations and strive for more transparent communication about the workings and accomplishments of CLA. I also want to become a role model for other retired leaders, in hopes of inspiring them to stay connected to librarianship, and to CLA in particular, long after they’ve left their jobs. And finally, as a Board member, I will continue to do whatever I can to help groom the next generation of library leaders. They are, after all, the future of both CLA and the profession.



Cindy Mediavilla has been a member of the California Library Association for more than 30 years. During that time, she has served as chair of the continuing education, library education and recruitment, nominating, Begun scholarship, organization and bylaws, and conference planning committees. She also served five years as CLA newsletter editor and is a founding member of the CLA Library History Interest Group. She is currently chair of the California Library Hall of Fame selection committee. Cindy served two terms on the CLA assembly and was CLA president in 2001. Plus she was recently named 2016 CLA Member of the Year.

Cindy worked as a public librarian for 18 years before returning to school to get a doctorate in library science. Her areas of expertise are after-school homework programs, outcomes-based planning and evaluation, and the history of California public libraries. Although she retired from the state library in December 2015, she remains active in the profession by teaching at UCLA and freelance consulting. Her MLS and PhD are both from UCLA.