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Susan Baier for Board Director

Statement of Concerns


Candidate Statement: I still get up every day excited about providing library service to my community. Like all of you, I see first hand the difference libraries make in the lives of Californians. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the "death" of the library have been greatly exaggerated. But there's much work to do to ensure California libraries remain dynamic, responsive, and relevant in the 21st century. Complacency is not an option. I want to work with CLA to position our libraries as vital, innovative community partners and to advocate on our behalf to stakeholders and lawmakers. Being "political" is a good and necessary thing! I'm also interested in continuing CLA's efforts in providing quality training, leadership, and mentoring opportunities to a new generation of librarians. We must invest in the future of our profession. Thank you for taking the time to read a little more about me, and most importantly thank you for being an active participant in CLA.

 Susan Baier's Background

    Susan Baier is a Regional Administrator for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Her region is primarily based in the East Los Angeles area. She feels privileged to serve a community with such rich culture, tradition, and diversity.

    Susan has worked for almost ten years in California libraries, both northern and southern. Previously, she managed Youth Services for Santa Clara City Library and Torrance Public Library. She received her MLS from the University of Kentucky, and is currently a candidate in ALA's Certified Public Library Administrator program. She is a 2009 Eureka Leadership Institute Fellow, an experience that she considers a defining moment in her career.

    Susan grew up a coal miner's daughter in a village of 400 in rural southern Illinois. She loves to read on her iPad, with a recent favorite book being Gone Girl. Her playlist mainly consists of 70s country and 80s hair metal, and her DVR is usually full of Real Housewives episodes. She and her husband Eric live in Long Beach, and try to sneak away to Vegas as often as possible.



2012 Elections