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Elections:2013: Robert Karatsu
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Robert Karatsu for CLA Vice President/President-Elect

Statement of Concerns

You do not need me to tell you that the last three or four years have been very challenging to libraries of all types.  However, I believe that we are once again on the ascent to better times.  Not only is the economy getting better but if there were a silver lining in those tough times, it was that people from all walks of life rediscovered how vital and necessary libraries are as a social institution.

And moving forward, with such things as Senator Wolk’s SCA 7 bill, Adult Education Restructuring and the State Library’s work on broadband connectivity, there is a lot on the horizon that can have a major impact (in a good way!) on libraries in California. 

As the Library Director for the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, which won the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, I know what success looks like.  I feel that as the President-elect of the California Library Association, I have the necessary experience, knowledge, network and track record to help libraries of all types to continue to move forward, and to help the California Library Association become an even more responsive organization to its members and their institutions.

Please consider voting for Robert Karatsu for CLA President-elect.  Thank you!


Robert Karatsu's Background

Library Director of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library.  Under my leadership, our Library has received over $1,000,000 in grant funds in the past five years, and are leaders when it comes to innovation with such statewide programs as our Play and Learn IslandsTM, Staff Innovation FundTM, and the Early Digital Literacy Evaluation project.  The Rancho Cucamonga Public Library was awarded the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor that can be bestowed upon a museum or library.

  • I was a mentor at the Eureka Leadership Institute in 2011 and 2012.  
  • I was the *first* trainer for Infopeople.
  • Honored as the 2013 “Local Hero” for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Greater Los Angeles.
  • Proud adopted parent of Monet, the most beautiful (if slightly neurotic) calico cat in the world

2013 Elections