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Insider Article [November 2012] [11/6/12] (Services to the Library Community)
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Services to the Library Community

CLA is pleased to offer the following services to the library community:

  • Advocacy: CLA’s lobbyists, Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, work tirelessly in support of California’s libraries. Visit during the year, or subscribe to CALIX, to stay abreast of CLA’s advocacy efforts. Keep your membership up to date to help fund the advocacy work CLA does on behalf of California’s library community.
  • Advocacy Tools: Visit for extensive tools to help you become an effective advocate for California’s libraries.
  • CALIX: Join California’s foremost library listserv for the latest California library news, debates, job postings, and more. Hosted by the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.
  • CALTAC: For the last several years, CLA has been providing administrative services to CALTAC (California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners). These services include processing CALTAC renewals and newsletter layout, printing, and mailing.
  • Communications Toolkit: Are you in need of ideas for marketing, design, communications, public relations, technology or advertising? Visit CLA’s website to browse our Communications Toolkit. Designed especially for California’s libraries, it’s a toolkit that’s as unique as the state it serves!
  • Job and résumé listings: To list your open position or your résumé online, please visit or call the CLA office at 626-359-6111.
  • Member Directory: Are you looking to connect with another CLA member? Use our online member directory to find information about colleagues around the state.
  • National Visibility for California
    • CLA actively participates in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) activities. NLLD is organized by ALA’s Washington Office and is designed to expand Congressional delegates’ awareness of library issues. This year, librarians from throughout California travelled to Washington in April to meet with various representatives as well as top-level staff from both Senator Boxer’s and Feinstein’s offices. The California State Library provides statistical information about the federal funding that benefits each congressional district, and tailored packets of information are delivered to each office. Each California librarian tries to make as many appointments to chat with representatives’ staff as we can possibly get to—not an easy task since California has the largest number of Representatives! Interested in participating in NLLD activities? Don’t hesitate! When we put out the call for volunteers to go to Washington, step up and take action. You’ll need to pay your own way, the days are long, and those halls of Congress are even longer. But advocacy is always worth it!
    • This year, CLA staffed a booth the ALA annual conference in Anaheim, and presented two ALA pre-conferences: Outcomes + Outreach = Outstanding Summer Reading Programs, presented by California librarians Natalie Cole, Helen Fisher, Cindy Mediavilla, Eva Mitnick, and Professor Virginia Walter; and Finding Solid Ground presented by Professor Jeremy Hunter.
    • Did you know that CLA is a chapter affiliate of the American Library Association? And that we have a chapter councilor who sits on the ALA Council—ALA’s governing body—and represents CLA membership? Our current chapter councilor is Sean Reinhart, Library/Community Services Director, Hayward Public Library.
  • Programming support: CLA provides everything you need to plan, present, and evaluate effective and impactful summer reading programs. Resources are provided free of charge to libraries with the support of LSTA funding from the California State Library and in partnership with the Illinois Library Association’s iREAD program.
  • Professional Development: CLA’s annual conference is California’s premier continuing education event for the library community. Come to conference or attend a Spring Fling program to keep up with friends, network with colleagues, and ensure that you stay at the forefront of the profession.