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Elections:2013: Ann Awakuni
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Ann Awakuni for CLA Board Director

Statement of Concerns

Next year will mark 20 years that I've worked in public libraries, (I know, I look too young to make such a statement!) and I bring with me the perspective of someone who has worked on the front lines and behind the scenes as well as in a leadership capacity in many settings.

Here are the issues that resonate with me:

Increasing the value of CLA membership for our members

  • Let’s explore new and innovative ways to offer members networking and continuing education opportunities to encourage a stable and passionate CLA membership-base.
  • I believe we can strengthen membership, not just in numbers, but also in depth of commitment.

Communicating the library’s value and relevance as a vital public resource

  • Emphasizing the importance of reaching out and forging connections, strengthening our community ties and building and maintaining partnerships with other stakeholders.
  • Telling the library story via new venues and media

Bringing the library into the future

  • How are we addressing the impact of technology, digital resources and mobile devices on library services and user expectations and needs?
  • At the same time that we are connecting both the “haves” and “have-nots” in our community to desired resources, we as library staff need to be connected with resources that help us acquire the skills and confidence to work with new technologies.

Promoting collaboration, communication and courage

  • How can our profession embody more of an entrepreneurial spirit and raise our tolerance for informed risk-taking?

Ann Awakuni's Background

Ann Awakuni is an Infopeople Online Instructor and a Technology Librarian for the Mountain View Public Library, where her current work projects include redesigning the library’s website, implementing a Nexus 7 tablet loan program, and developing makerspace/3D printing programs and partnerships. Prior to that she worked for the Santa Clara County Library District for 18 years in a variety of different capacities. She has also worked as a freelance video editor and as a camera operator and computer graphics operator for Channel 36 High School Sports Focus, Channel 2 Morning News and Mornings on 2. The experience of working on live television broadcasts has left her fairly unflappable, but no less excited about serving both the public and the library profession-at-large.

Education: Master of Library Science, San Jose State University;  Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Video Production, Santa Clara University.

Other experience, honors, leadership roles:

  • CLA Conference Committee member 2012 - 2013
  • Presenter, 2010 - 2013 (CLA, Future of Libraries, MOBAC Ebook Workshop Coordinator/Instructor, Edgy Librarian webinars)
  • Awarded Infopeople scholarship to attend RSquared Risk & Reward Conference, Telluride, Colorado, 2012 ? Mountain View Reads Committee, 2012
  • Selected as 1 of 2 Santa Clara County Library District’s employees of the year, 2012
  • Santa Clara County Library District Video Action Committee Chair, 2011 - 2012
  • Adult Literacy tutor for Vision Literacy 2009
  • Eureka Library Leadership Institute 2008


2013 Elections