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Insider Article [November 2012] [10/30/12] (Interest Group Committee Report)
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Interest Group Committee Report

The Interest Group Committee spent the year encouraging groups to develop Spring Fling and conference proposals, assessing requests for new groups, and assessing requests for funding for group activities. After Spring Fling 2012, CLA staff and Board members reevaluated the guidelines within which groups request and spend funds on programs and amended the guidelines to make them consistent with CLA policy.  The committee also contacted the leaders of inactive groups to offer assistance in helping the groups become more active or recruit new leadership.

Of particular note: the Library History Interest Group developed the California Library Hall of Fame, whose inaugural honorees are scheduled to be inducted during the 2012 Awards Gala at the annual conference; the Management Interest Group is revitalizing the CLA mentoring program; the Literacy, Marketing and Public Relations, and Technical Services Interest Groups each coordinated association-wide awards; several groups published regular newsletters; and many groups sponsored and presented programs at the 2011 conference.

Nine Interest Groups presented CLA’s fourth annual Spring Fling series. Over 300 people attended programs in libraries and online where members of the California library community were joined by participants from as far afield as Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and Alaska! As always, the Spring Fling reflected the diversity of CLA members’ interests. Some participants took training workshops—in music cataloging, new management styles, academic library careers, delivering distance library services, maintaining graphic novel collections, and web usability and developing applications with AJAX and jQuery. Others enjoyed private tours of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Bullocks Wilshire Building / Leigh H. Taylor Law Library, where a historic building has been adapted for law school and library purposes. Students participated in an “unconference”-style collaborative professional development event. And literacy professionals applauded the achievements of California’s adult learners at the annual Writer to Writer awards ceremony. Thank you very much to Infopeople which allowed CLA to use its webinar technology and enabled us to provide our 2012 online training workshops.

All active CLA members are invited and eligible to join the association’s Interest Groups. If you don’t see a group that represents your interest, please contact us to talk about starting your own group.

CLA’s Interest Groups: Academic IG, African American Librarians IG, Chinese American Librarians IG, Collection Development IG, Information Technology IG, Library Accessibility IG, Library Facilities IG, Library History IG, Literacy IG, Management IG, Marketing and Public Relations IG, Public Libraries IG, Reference IG, Student IG, Technical Services IG, Volunteer Engagement IG, Youth Services IG.

photo of Hillary Theyer photo of Natalie Cole
Hillary Theyer
Interest Group Committee Chair, 2011-2012
CLA Board of Directors
Natalie Cole
CLA Programs Director and Interest Group Liaison