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Insider Current [April 2014] [04/01/14]
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President’s Column

Spring continues to bring change, challenges and opportunities to us this year. 

News from Sacramento will have a significant impact for some time to come. Governor Brown’s appointment of Greg Lucas to be California State Librarian was huge news in library circles and created some buzz in the press, on email lists and in social media. Mr. Lucas is not well known to the library community and, understandably, the immediate reaction has been mixed. We look forward to getting to know Mr. Lucas and to introducing him to CLA members. His enthusiasm and passion is already evident.  He started reaching out as soon as the appointment was announced and participated in important strategic discussions even before his job officially began.  He is also quite aware of how fortunate any State Librarian would be with the current dedicated CSL staff. That’s a good start.  Read more

CLA Member News

CLA is delighted to congratulate and announce the great achievements of our CLA community!

Pasadena Public Library director, Jan Sanders, has been named a 2014 Woman of the Year by Senator Carol Liu!  Senator Carol Liu honored five “Women of the Year” for their outstanding accomplishments in the 25th California SenateDistrict on Friday, March 28, 2014. Each year State Senators honor women in their districts who have made unique and often unsung contributions to enhance the quality of life for others.  Senator Liu stated, “Many times individuals who make the biggest difference in society go unnoticed. Honoring these ‘Women of the Year’ provides an opportunity to thank those who have selflessly worked towards a greater good.”   Read more

Keep Your Membership Up To Date

Membership fees are vital to the work that CLA does on your behalf. You can help do your part by making sure that your membership is up-to-date!

Management Team Message

Happy Spring!  CLA is celebrating the start of spring by extending the deadline for CLA awards and scholarships. The new extended deadline is Friday, April 11, so please think about those who inspire and challenge you, and nominate them today! Read more

Member Spotlight: St. Helena Public Library

Thursday, March 13, 2014, at a beautiful ceremony at the Indianapolis Central Library, the St. Helena Public Library became the first California library to be honored as a Best Small Library in America finalist. On hand to receive the award was director Jennifer Baker and library board chair Bonnie Long whose trip to PLA was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Among the many initiatives highlighted in the library’s nomination were recent efforts to reach out to teens, adults and Spanish-speakers. The library’s goal is to bring the English- and Spanish-speaking communities together through bilingual events like an annual salsa contest (the eating kind) and live performances — like flamenco music and the dancelike Brazilian martial art of capoeira — that transcend language. Read more

Library Profile: Torrance Public Library

The Torrance Public Library has made it through the recession with a complete turnover in Administration, a new Plan of Service, remodeling on every branch library, and not a single service hour lost.  Oh, and we celebrated a Century of Service to the Torrance community along the way!  Read more

Interest Group Spotlight: Finance Commitee

Almost every organization has a finance (or budget) committee, a group of dedicated volunteers who review the organization’s fiscal reports and independent audit reports. CLA’s Finance Committee is one of four Standing Committees that are called for under Article XI of the CLA Bylaws.  Read more

Salsa, Paso Doble, or Cumbia

Despite the growing number of Latino students in higher education, little has been done to recognize the importance in integrating cultural heritage into the academic preparation of Latino students. In many instances, Spanish is an important key marker for social, personal, and political identity of students navigating the academic environment. As such, creating welcoming academic library spaces as well as developing programs that support the needs of Latino students should become part of our daily conversations in higher education institutions.   Read more

Seguimos Creando Enlaces Conference

Seguimos Creando Enlaces, now in its third year, is a two-day conference that brings together librarians from Southern California and Baja California, Mexico to further professional knowledge and exchange ideas. The conference brings together librarians with diverse experiences, from public and academic libraries, and from both sides of the border. The conference is fully bilingual and presentations are in both English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation services available. The conference is presented by San Diego Public Library and Serra Cooperative Library System, in collaboration with LIBROS Reforma, San Diego State University, San Diego County Library, AMBAC (Mexican Library Association) and ABIBAC (Baja California Library Association). Funding is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.  Read more

The Power of Stories

Recently I had the pleasure to speak to a group of 4th and 5th graders at a San Francisco public elementary school for their annual Writers Faire. Since my new book is about my family’s Holocaust experiences, I was not intending to talk  about the book’s content but rather the process of doing family research and writing stories, something I was encouraging each one of them to do. 

To provide some context, I held up my book and asked the students what they thought the title Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter’s Tribute meant. “Legacy,” I began,” is something you inherit. What do you think it includes?” Hands shot up and a student asked, “Traditions?”  “Yes!” These kids are really sharp, I thought.  “What does ‘rescue’ mean?” A bunch of boys yelled out “saving someone!” Indeed. When I got to “tribute” I suddenly realized I would not be able to easily explain it since the term evokes so much for me. A shy little 4th grade girl slowly raised her hand and quietly but confidently stated, “Thank you and remember.”   Read more


2014 CLA Conference - Crowdsource the Vote!

It was such a success last year, we are doing it again. We’re crowdsourcing the vote so you can pick the programs you want offered at the CLA Annual Conference in Oakland, November 7-9, 2014.

Starting April Fool’s Day, the programs will be ready for you to check out.  Instead of an Up and Down Vote like last year, we’re allowing only Up Votes, no Down Votes (why be a h8r?)....

Pick your Favorite CLA 2014 Conference Program Submissions

Voting Open April 1- April 11, 2014

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Ontario City Library: Teen Book Fest

Join us on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for this annual event!

The Ontario City Library is proud to present our 4th annual Teen Book Fest. This year’s event is shaping up to be our best yet, with 15 of today’s best young adult authors attending.  The morning will kick off with 3 keynote presentations provided by Jessica Brody, author of the bestselling Unremembered trilogy, Lauren Kate, author of the Fallen quartet, and John Corey Whaley, recipient of the 2012 Printz award.   Other Teen Book Fest authors include: Katie Alender, Elana Arnold, Robin Benway, Livia Blackburne, Ava Dellaria, Katherine Ewell, Jessi Kirby, Catherine Linka, Lauren Miller, Mary Pearson, Lissa Price and Sarah Skilton.   Read more


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