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Insider Article [August 2012] [07/31/12] (CLA Member News)
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Joanna Axelrod, Eureka! Leadership Institute scholarship recipient
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Susan Patron's book Dear America

Susan Patron’s newest novel, Behind the Masks (Scholastic, 2012), exposes gritty life in the booming gold rush town of Bodie, California, through the journal of a fourteen-year-old girl … Donna Leaf contributed the 25,000th signature to the recent White House petition for an endorsement of school libraries.  She was invited to contribute a short article to Library Media Connection on what the experience meant to her … Alameda County Library employees realize that hunger doesn’t stop after the holidays and they have initiated a year-round food donation program at six branch libraries in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank … Ken Haycock has been appointed research professor of management and organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he will direct new online graduate programs in Library and Information Management … Pat Toney is now a part-time children’s librarian at San Francisco Public Library. She has also received an ALA Member First-Time Attendee and REFORMA scholarship to attend JCLC in September 2012 … Joanna Axelrod has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 Eureka! Leadership Institute … Julia Glassman was recently hired as the UCLA College Library’s Writing Librarian. She will coordinate with UCLA’s Department of English, UCLA Library Special Collections, and other campus programs to support creative writing … San José Public Library received an Urban Libraries Council 2012 Top Innovator Award in the category of Education, Literacy & Lifelong Learning. The library was selected for its Work Wise vocational ESL and literacy program developed by the library’s Partners in Reading program … Jonathan Pacheco Bell published “Certification of Librarians: An Unproven Demand” in the Spring 2012 issue of the Student Research Journal at San José State University. The article examines whether librarian certification is necessary is necessary to ensure high-quality service: Roach was hired as Technical Services Librarian at John F. Kennedy University … Pasadena Public Library introduced the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service to the public in an open house event at Central Library on June 21. Pasadena and its sister library, Glendale, are the first public libraries in the state of California to offer the 3M Cloud Library … Jennifer Sweeney’s new book, Literacy: A Way Out For At-Risk Youth (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), explores juvenile corrections librarianship … Cindy Mediavilla and Natalie Cole presented a poster session at the ALA conference in June on the effectiveness of the Public Library Association’s “Every Child Ready to Read” (ECRR2) program, conducted at the Los Angeles Public Library. Their findings are available at This is the first such study to measure the effectiveness of PLA’s recently revised ECRR2 … Yolanda Blue received a grant from the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC) to present her paper “Civic Literacy in a Diverse Southern California Community: Sustaining Local Political Knowledge” at a 2012 IFLA preconference satellite session … the Friends of San Benito County Free Library honored Ruth Erickson as volunteer of the year, recognizing her 29 years of active volunteerism and advocacy.