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Rebecca Forth, Sonoma County Library

Statement of Concerns

Becoming involved with CLA has changed the way I view libraries and communities, from the atomic level—person to person, all the way to the entity level—organization to organization. With roots in public service, experience in materials management, and a current role as administrative librarian for an 11-branch system, I bring a global perspective and on-the-ground experience . My goals for CLA are as follows:

Connecting Libraries with CLA

  • Assessing the needs and interests of library staff and increasing the value of membership

  • Removing barriers to engagement with our California library community

  • Encouraging, supporting, and recognizing participation in CLA

Connecting Libraries with Libraries

  • Bringing together libraries throughout California to consolidate our buying power, share resources, improve efficiencies, and strengthen library advocacy work

  • Creating opportunities for libraries to interact and engage with one another

Connecting Libraries with Communities

  • Developing tools and resources that communicate the value of libraries

  • Supporting libraries in community outreach and partnership-building

  • Paving the way for libraries to collaborate with local civic and government agencies


Rebecca Forth is the Assistant to the Director at Sonoma County Library, where she serves as a core member of the website redesign team, provides patron support for all downloadable content, serves as the Public Records Act officer for the library system, and writes and implements grant projects (among other things).

She has just completed an LSTA Pitch an Idea grant project entitled Coding Camp for Kids: Minecraft Mods to teach kids basic computer programming, and continues to support this innovative workshop series. Her grant project challenge for this year will be completing her Eureka Leadership grant, entitled Seen and Heard: Visual Histories of Homelessness in Sonoma County.

Rebecca served on the team that researched and implemented downloadable resources—audiobooks and e-books-- at Sonoma County Library, led a team in the system-wide RFID implementation project completed in 2011, and participated in the two-year, newly-effective Joint Powers Agreement revisions between the Library and the County.


Master of Library Science, San Jose State University

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Art History, University of California at Davis

Relevant Experience

  • Leadership Santa Rosa Fellow 2014/15

  • Eureka Leadership Institute 2014

  • CLA Conference Committee Member, 2013-2014

  • Califa Products & Services Committee Member, 2013-present

  • LSTA Pitch an Idea Grant Recipient 2013/14

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