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Elections:2012: Deborah Doyle
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Deborah Doyle for CLA President-Elect

Statement of Concerns


California libraries will face serious challenges—and wonderful opportunities—in the next few years. A strong CLA, representing institutions, library staff members, advocates, and businesses with an interest in California libraries, will play a critical role in meeting and taking advantage of these "interesting times." It would be an honor to be a part of helping CLA chart the future libraries and of librarianship in California. A passion for advocacy as well as experience in training, fundraising and community organizing for libraries gives me a unique perspective. Building strong collaboration among library staff, trustees, friends and other library supporters will help raise our voices together to make the library central to community conversations. As a newly minted MLIS, I'll also work to ensure that CLA continues to be an advocate for its individual members and a resource for unique professional development opportunities and will look to you for your suggestions. Advocacy, vision, relationships, partnerships, professional development, education, networks and sharing are words that come to mind when I think of CLA. CLA is doing critical work, serving as resource for the library community and as a strong advocate for libraries. Determined community advocacy efforts can transform a library system from without and within. I believe all California communities deserve strong libraries; the California Library Association should be leading the charge in that effort. And last, but certainly not least, Derek Wolfgram will be a fabulous President. Together, we would be a terrific and energetic team. With your help, we can make CLA even stronger, flexible and more responsive to its constituents, supporters and partners. It would be an honor, a pleasure and very exciting to serve CLA and you, its members, in this way.

Deborah Doyle's Background

Deborah Doyle has been an active library advocate, as a professional and a volunteer, for almost 20 years at the local, state and national levels. She has served in almost every capacity with Friends of the San Francisco Public Library—volunteer, board member and staff—most recently as Interim Executive Director. While on staff, she has focused on advocacy, fundraising and community building. Deborah is currently President of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners (CALTAC). As part of its mission to provide resources to library boards and commissions, CALTAC conducts free “Board Effectiveness Training” workshops; Deborah has served as a trainer since 2003 and led these workshops for commissioners and trustees throughout Northern California. As past Chair and current member of CLA's Legislative and Advocacy Committee, she is working to strengthen local library advocacy efforts and build a statewide advocacy network of library supporters. She was recently elected to the board of United for Libraries (formerly ALTAFF). Prior to joining Friends’ staff, Deborah was a freelance San Francisco editor and writer/producer/event manager. She held previous positions in research, recruiting and marketing at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Heidrick & Struggles and Dolby Laboratories. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia with high honors and her Executive MLIS from SJSU. In 2003 and again in 2011, Deborah received CLA's President’s Award for her significant contribution to California libraries.




2012 Elections