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Insider Archive [January 2014] [01/09/14]
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President’s Column

Happy New Year! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be of service as CLA President for the coming year; I am grateful and honored. Read more

CLA Member News

Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust are hosting In the Library with a Comic Book, a twice monthly, half hour podcast for librarians, educators and people who just plain like comics. The podcast is produced by Donna Mettier and is joint project of Berkeley Public Library and Marin County Free Library and is sponsored by Infopeople. For more information or to send them listener questions, check out their site:

Save the Date!  The California State Library is moving back into the newly renovated Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. Join us for the reopening ceremony on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00AM. 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA.  Read more

Services to the Library Community

CLA is pleased to offer the following services to the library community. Read More

CLA Board and Staff Members

Find out your current Board and Staff Members for 2013-2014.  Read More 

Keep Your Membership Up-To-Date

Membership fees are vital to the work that CLA does on your behalf. You can help do your part by making sure that your membership is up-to-date!

Management Team Message

Welcome to the California Library Association's July 2012-June 2013 annual report. We are very pleased to report that this year has seen many highlights for CLA! Read more

Membership Report

Over the next few months, CLA staff will be working hard to move our current website and the underlying membership database to a new platform! Why?  Read more

Advocacy and Legislation Committee Report

This year’s primary legislative effort involved a proposal from the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) which will allow California’s public libraries to provide high speed broadband connectivity. Rates for the provision would be appreciably lower than current commercial ones.  While the program was not funded in the state’s May revised budget, it sparked a lively (and currently continuing) conversation throughout the Capitol.  As a result, the legislature included a request for a comprehensive broadband survey/study by the state library of the current state of connectivity in California public libraries. AB110 set a deadline of February 1, 2014 for the completion of the study. The study will also serve as a needs assessment because it will note not only what is currently in place, but what future plans might encompass.  Read more

Bylaws and Governance Committee Report

Our meetings this year primarily focused on our continued review of the Association’s governance documents started in 2011. In addition, the committee worked with the President and BOD to rewrite the Committee section of the Bylaws and Standing Rules document that was ultimately submitted to the Board for approval. The committee also made recommendations to the board on the language needed to create a conflict of interest policy for the board to consider and that discussion will be carried forward into 2014.  Read more

Interest Group Committee and Spring Fling Report

All CLA members are encouraged to join and participate in one or more Interest Groups and network with colleagues who share their interests. CLA currently has seventeen groups covering a variety of special interests. If you don’t see one that represents your interest, please contact CLA staff to discuss starting your own group!  Read more

Leadership Development Committee Report

The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) began the year intent on seeking the strongest candidates possible to continue to lead the California Library Association.  The committee developed a matrix tool that we (and future LDC committees) could use to identify demographic, geographic, and expertise gaps at the leadership level.   Read more

Report on Funded Projects: California Summer Reading

California’s public library summer reading programs help prevent summer learning loss among children and teens. They encourage free voluntary reading, motivate students to set and meet reading goals, help adults model good reading habits for children, provide free library events that extend the reading experience, and encourage underserved groups to begin using the library.  Read more

Report on Funded Projects: Summer Matters

Children who attend summer programs enter school half a grade ahead of their peers who do not. However, many children lack access to enrichment programming during the summer. Across California, schools, after-school providers, libraries, parks, and other groups are coming together, as part of the Summer Matters initiative, to develop a New Vision for Summer in our state. We are providing unique programs, experiences, and resources to broaden the horizons of all children, strengthen their connections to their community’s resources, and fill the empty weeks of summer with enrichment and academic activities that form a bridge from one school year to the next.  Read More

Report on Funded Projects: Lunch at the Library

In 2013, CLA partnered with the California Summer Meal Coalition (CSMC) to develop Summer Lunch at the Library, a program designed to keep California’s kids healthy, fed, and engaged when school is out. The program creates partnerships between libraries and meal sponsors and provides children with free meals and literacy activities in the library during the summer months.  Read More

Thank You to Our 2013 CLA Conference Sponsors!  

Platinum Sponor


Gold Sponsors

Bibliotheca, Brainfuse, Group 4 Architecture, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Lyngsoe Systems, Scholarshare

Silver Sponsors

Better World Books, Brodart, DC Connect, EBSCO, Gale Cengage Learning, Mango Languages, Noll and Tam Architects, Orange Boy, Inc. 




Conference 2013 - A Success!

The 2013 Conference was a complete success. There was something for everyone and it seemed like everyone was there. The opening session with Henry Rollins was packed. He was inspirational and entertaining. He stayed and talked to every single person in line who wanted to have him sign a program or a CD. He’s obviously an archivist by nature, if he hadn’t been a punk rock star; I think he might have been a librarian. Read more

Stay tuned!  Our annual Day in the District is just around the corner...

You will be hearing from us in mid-January with the tools, information, and go-ahead to begin scheduling meetings with your Assembly Member(s) and Senator(s).  We have much to accomplish this year from a legislative standpoint, so it will be critical for you to get that all-important face-to-face time with your legislators in late-January through February.  It doesn’t matter which day you pick in your district – just pick one!  Or more!

Also, be thinking about your Friends president, an Adult Literacy student, or some other enthusiastic library supporter to include in your meetings – never underestimate the power of the citizen advocate!

Why is Day in the District so important?  While CLA members are represented at the State Capitol by our legislative advocates, a local grass roots, relational approach to advocacy is crucial.  We never want to give our legislators an excuse not to fund us because we didn’t build relationships and lobby for their support and other groups did.

So let’s start now and be the change!

Paws to Read

This summer 2014, CLA will provide libraries with summer reading resources in partnership with the Illinois Library Association’s (ILA) iREAD program. The summer 2014 theme is Paws to Read! Read more


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