Print Page   |   Sign In   |   Register
Insider Article [January 2014] [01/07/14] (CLA Member News)
Share |

CLA Member News

photo of Anthony Puga’s Celebration

makeX, mobile makerspace created
by the Palo Alto City Library

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.

Jessica Chung has been volunteering at the Sunnyvale Public Library as an intern and Special Outreach Selector, where she selects materials for those who cannot physically come to the library.

Melissa Eleftherion Carr published a paper chronicling the creation and development of an open-access digital repository and chapbook exchange in the peer-reviewed Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). She will be presenting an updated discussion of this project at the AWP conference in Seattle.

Gerry Garzón has been appointed as Director of Library Services for the Oakland Public Library, effective immediately.  Mr. Garzón, who has been with the Oakland Public Library since 2000, has been serving as the Interim Library Director since December 2012 and prior to that served as the Associate Director. 

Hui-Lan Titangos
is a Collection Management Services Librarian at Santa Cruz Public Libraries. Since October 2013, her new book entitled Local Community in the Era of Social Media Technologies: A Global Approach has received both national and international attention. The holding libraries include regional libraries like Der Bibliotheksverbund Bayern, public libraries such as San Jose Public Library, Santa Clara County Library District and Santa Cruz Public Libraries, national ones like Library of Congress, National Library of Australia, and National Library of New Zealand; and academic libraries such as the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Flinders University Library, Indiana University, Pepperdine University Libraries, Universite Libre de Bruxelles - Bibliotheques ULB, Unisa: Muckleneuk Campus, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Libraries and University of New South Wales UNSW Library.
More details about the book can be found at
A recent review can be accessible in the Book Review section of Chinese Librarianship at

The Palo Alto City Library is pleased to announce that Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne has been selected by National Arts Strategies as one of 50 exceptional leaders to participate in the second class of The Chief Executive Program. Building on the success of the program’s first cohort, National Arts Strategies continues the program to help bring together cultural leaders from around the world to explore new ways to tackle the most complex and critical challenges facing the field. By the end of the program, these 50 leaders will have the ideas, tools, and connections to effect change in their own organizations and to work collectively to strengthen the cultural field. Only two public library directors were selected to join the cohort.

In the spring of 2013, the Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto City Library created a mobile makerspace, called makeX that was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the California State Library. The result was the mobile makerspace ?created by and for local teens ? that will travel to libraries and community centers throughout Palo Alto. Twenty?two local teens participated in the project as paid and volunteer designers, working closely with Art Center and Library staff, as well as project consultants: architects Noll & Tam, and author and educational consultant Bernie Trilling.  makeXis now on display in the Palo Alto City Hall as part of its second exhibit around town. The mobile makerspace first premiered at the Palo Alto Art Center during September.  makeX will follow a schedule established by the teen users to visit community centers, schools, and other interested sites through the spring of 2014. Teens will continue to plan and develop additional prototypes for the installation based on user feedback, continuing the design process and development of makeX.
For more information and photos about makeX, please see:

The Torrance Public Library is proud to announce the launch of the Teen Tech-Xpert program. As a result of the generous funding via an LSTA grant from the California State Library and technology funded by the Friends of the Torrance Library, we have the opportunity to offer a one-on-one technology training program. Targeted at cross generational learning, the program affords adults the opportunity to meet with a tech-savvy teenager and learn about new technology. From accessing the internet to navigating a new tablet, no question goes unanswered. The program was profiled on Torrance CitiCable, and appointments are filling up!  The pilot program is scheduled for 10 months and will run until the end of June.  For more information on Teen Tech-XPerts, please contact Senior Librarian Evan Coates at 310-618-5959.