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Interest Group Committee Report

Natalie Cole
Hillary Theyer

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!

Interest Group programming helps keep the CLA conference relevant to members. Ten Interest Groups presented one or more programs and held in-person meetings at the 2012 CLA conference in San José. In addition, the Management Interest Group coordinated the conference Career Center and the Technical Services Interest Group presented a preconference training session on RDA implementation.

Interest Groups also present CLA’s professional development programming during the spring. In 2013, six Interest Groups presented a total of nine successful Spring Fling workshops on topics such as early literacy, cataloging, staff development, career development, and new technologies. Attendees said:

  • “It was fantastic - well-presented and very practical.”
  • “The variety was terrific as well as the inclusion of practical training advice.”
  • “Great selection of presenters. I would appreciate hearing any of them speak again.”
  • “The program was well-paced and a good return on investment. One of the best workshops I have ever attended! THANKS.”

Interest Groups also help CLA honor and acknowledge achievement in the library community:

  • The Library History Interest Group selected nine library leaders to be inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2013: Essae Martha Culver, Adelaide Hasse, Huell Howser, John Kallenberg, Ida May Reagan, Gretchen Knief Schenk, Dr. Kevin Starr, Althea Warren, and William Henry Weeks.
  • The Literacy Interest Group selected Patricia Noa to receive the 2013 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award
  • The Technical Services Interest Group selected Rachel Hanses and Valerie Bross as the recipients of the Technical Services 2013 New Leader Award and Award of Achievement respectively. The Technical Services New Leader Award is sponsored by Brodart.
  • The Marketing and Public Relations Interest Groups selected ten libraries and library organizations to receive 2013 PRExcellence Awards: Burlingame Public Library; Camarillo Public Library; County of Los Angeles Public Library; Fresno County Public Library; Friends of the Riverside Library; Riverside County Library District (Temecula Public Library); Riverside Public Library Foundation; Santa Fe City Springs Library; Sunnyvale Public Library; USC Doheny Memorial Library.

The groups also provide resources for CLA members and the wider library community. The Management, Technology, and Youth Services Interest Groups publish the LEAD, Sync, and Briefings, online newsletters, and the Management Interest Group also coordinates the CLA Mentoring Program. This year, the African American Librarians Interest Group participated in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park Book Fair, and the Chinese American Librarians Interest Group participated in a program on contemporary librarianship at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.

CLA’s Interest Groups provide members with leadership and networking opportunities and they are the best way for immediate involvement in the organization. Join and participate in an Interest Group today!

CLA Interest Groups 2012-2013: Academic, African American Librarians, Chinese American Librarians, Collection Development, Library Accessibility, Library Facilities, Library History, Literacy, Management, Marketing and Public Relations, Public Libraries, Reference, Student, Technical Services, Technology, Volunteer Engagement, and Youth Services.

Natalie Cole
CLA Associate Executive Director

Hillary Theyer
City Librarian, Torrance Public Library
CLA Board Secretary
Interest Group Committee Chair