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Official Announcement from CLA President: May 13, 2011  11:30 am


To Our Valued Members,

It is with great pleasure that I announce that California Library Association (CLA), after an extensive search for a new management partner, has selected Partners in Collaboration (PIC), a joint venture of Califa and Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC). By unanimous decision, the CLA Board of Directors voted to engage the services of PIC to provide day-to-day staff and management support for the Association effective June 1, 2011.

CLA is confident that our members, institutions, and business partners will benefit greatly from this unique and powerful collaboration. Throughout the proposal review and selection process, PIC’s superior experience, vision, and expertise in California libraries was abundantly evident. As a partnership of two well-established, trusted California library organizations, PIC is uniquely positioned to bring new value to CLA in several areas of strength. For example, Califa has a strong library technology group and can use the skills of its IT team to CLA’s distinct advantage. SCLC has an outstanding business and financial management team geared specifically to library resource development. As a partnership, PIC’s leadership and staff have wide-ranging experience in library contract negotiations, meeting organization, resource development, technology innovations, event coordination, and legislative advocacy.

I am equally happy to announce that with the selection of new management partner PIC, a new CLA Executive Director has also been selected. Carol Simmons brings to CLA a wealth of experience and skill in several key areas, including library leadership, collaboration, public relations, and executive management. In addition to her previous Director tenures at Daly City Public Library and Park City Public Library (UT), Carol’s collaborative leadership experience includes her service on the Public Library Association Executive Board, and as past chair of the Peninsula Library System’s Administrative Council.

This unique and powerful collaboration signals a new era in the history of California Library Association, and a new level of partnership and synergy for the benefit of all California libraries. These are challenging years of transition and change in libraries everywhere, and the effects are being felt by libraries and librarians across the state and the nation. CLA has remained focused on continuing its journey through these turbulent times to emerge an even stronger Association in service to its members, institutions, and business partners. CLA remains the community for all libraries in California!

As announced previously, CLA will end its association management contract with Association Resource Center (ARC) as of May 31, 2011. The Board appreciates the services that ARC has provided for the past year.

Please join us at our 2011 Annual Conference and Exhibition<>, November 11-13, 2011 at the Pasadena Convention Center. CLA will again partner with the California School Library Association to produce California’s premier annual library professional development, networking, and exhibitors’ event! Meet your CLA board members, your new CLA management team, and your new CLA Executive Director Carol Simmons. Connect with or reconnect with your professional colleagues. Learn new trends and best practices at our professional workshops and preconference sessions. See and hear amazing and inspiring speakers. And experience the wealth of products and services available to help you serve your library users better by visiting our Exhibit Hall.

I very much look forward to this promising and exciting new chapter for CLA, and I hope you do, too. CLA is deeply committed to continuously improving our services to you through our strong legislative presence and advocacy voice in Sacramento, with the professional development and networking opportunities afforded by our annual Conference, and by the participatory learning and collaborative environments created in our Interest Groups. With the support of new management partner PIC, your California Library Association remains fully committed to delivering these quality services and much more to you now and forward to the future.


More details about the transition to PIC are coming soon. Stay tuned!



Paymaneh Maghsoudi, President


California Library Association

Board of Directors:

Wayne Disher, Vice-President / President-Elect

Jackie Griffin, Treasurer                                       Les Kong, ALA Chapter Councilor

Tracie Carignan, Director                                    Barbara Flynn, Director

Mary George, Director                                          Sean Reinhart, Director

Patricia Rivera, Director                                       Monica Schultz, Director

Hillary Theyer, Director                                         Beth Wrenn-Estes, Director