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Insider Article [May 2013] [05/07/13] (CLA Member News)
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The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) that will allow its graduates, who meet the established criteria from their Library Information Technology Program, to receive the LSSC designation. Congrats! 

Melissa Barbour, a current MLIS student at San Jose State University, received her first library job as a Library Assistant in her local public library.

Dena Gould and Glenn Scott recently presented a webinar sponsored by Associated Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and supported by Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSYC) entitled Detained and Forgotten: Informational Needs of Youth in Detention.  They reported the results of a survey distributed to 80 detained juveniles throughout the country asking: “What are the informational needs of detained youth?”

Jessica Greene was hired as the Digital Initiatives and Technical Services Librarian at the University of California, Riverside Libraries in the Water Resources Collections and Archives. She started her new position on April 8th immediately after completing her MLIS degree through San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

Children's Librarian, April Hayley was chosen to be the San Anselmo Patch Person of the Year 2012. Due to a devastating flood in 2006, the previous Children's Librarian was laid off.  It was not until 5 years later in 2011 that a parcel tax to support children's library services was passed and she was hired to manage children's and teen library services for the San Anselmo Library. It has been just over 2 years since she was hired, and they now have an abundance of children's programming, as well as an updated collection of books and other library materials for all ages. There's only a couple more years until we have to bring the parcel tax up to a vote again, so the more positive press we get, the better!

Sonata Wanhsiang Kao is currently working for San Jose Public Library at the West Valley Branch. She was promoted to full-time librarian at the beginning of this year after working part time for four years. She is very excited to be part of the team to open the New Calabazas branch in June.

Young Lee, chair of CLA's Student Interest Group; Sarah Henrikkson, who cited CLA Annual as “the best conference to attend as a student”; and Jennifer Dinalo were featured in San Jose State University's SLIS website. Find their profiles here:

  Young Lee:
  Sarah Henriksson:
  Jennifer Dinalo:

On January 3, 2013, Sylva Natalie Manoogian completed her doctorate in Library and Information Science at UCLA GSE&IS. The hooding ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 3 p.m., in UCLA's Royce Hall. Her dissertation is titled, "The Calouste Gulbenkian Library, Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, 1925-1990 : An Historical Portrait of a Monastic and Lay Community Intellectual Resource Center" (Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest LLC, 2013).

Laura Mcclanathan currently works as a Library Assistant V, Information Specialist in McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz.  She will begin SJSU's School of Library & Information Science program in Fall 2013. She is also the Reference Service Press Fellowship recipient for 2012-13. She presented in Albuquerque, NM, in February at the Southwest Texas/Popular & American Culture Conference on her paper titled "'And Very Few Rules to Guide': The Role of Libraries in the Grateful Dead Phenomenon."

Rose Flores Medlock's case study, "The learning continuum: economical best practices for implementing and achieving a community's information literacy goals," will be published in Library and Information Research's Spring 2013 issue. The piece presents results from a successful information literacy partnership between Lancashire Library Service in the U.K. and Credo, where she is employed.

Congratulations to Sean Reinhart and Hayward Public Library on the opening of the Seed Lending Library!

The Santa Clara City Library launched the Project BEST campaign to educate the community about a new California law mandating that all food service employees complete the Food Handler Certification Program. As part of this campaign, the library positioned itself as a resource for job skills development. To this end, the library held 26 food handler classes resulting in 130 students obtaining food handler certification, assisted over 550 people at job workshops, and held a job fair attended by 13 companies and 375 potential job seekers.  

Loretta Staal started a new job this month as the new Head Cataloger/Assistant Manager II at Harford County Public Library in Belcamp, Maryland. She graduated from SJSU in December 2011 and recently moved to Maryland.

Evelyn Shimazu Yee is being awarded her first Faculty 5 year Tenure as an Associate Professor with University Libraries at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA.  She presented Unpacking the Term “Justice”: A New Culturally Sensitive Framework for Introducing Pragmatic Imago Dei into Faith Integration at the fourth annual national conference of Christians on Diversity in the Academy in Arcadia, CA.  She also gave the keynote address, ‘Children of the "Relocation Camps": A Study for Every Educator’ at the Delta Kappa Gamma, Key Women Educators Area XIII Regional Conference at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA.  She recently placed an article in the Asian Pacific American Library Association Newsletter titled “2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color: A Celebration of our Unique Communities at the Kansas City Public Library”.