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CLA Elections 2015 - Jayanti Addleman
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Jayanti Addleman, Monterey County Free Libraries

Board of Directors

Candidate Statement

I believe strongly in the power and value of the California Library Association in advancing the interests of our profession, and the interests of all library users -- current and potential. I am proud to be a candidate for the CLA Board of Directors.

I am passionate about getting basic library services to all California residents and consider myself a dedicated champion of the underdog. I understand the importance of rural and small libraries, and of the many resource poor libraries that are struggling to serve communities throughout the state. I have also tried hard to be a voice for them.

I hope to continue to advocate for library users who live in rural, poor, or marginalized communities, and for the long underrepresented libraries and library staff that play a critical role in providing essential library services to the diverse people of California.
I appreciate your support and would be honored if you will vote for me.  



Jayanti Addleman has 30 years of varied experience in the profession having worked in private industry, community colleges and also as a volunteer librarian for several years at her children’s Montessori School. She is Library Director at Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) since 2007.

Under Jayanti’s leadership, MCFL has been transformed into a vibrant organization that encourages innovative ways of stretching resources for delivering services to the community, and into a system where the smallest rural library is treated with as much respect and importance as the larger urban branches. MCFL has many innovative literacy programs for adults and pre-K children and Jayanti was selected as CLA’s Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy for 2015. Jayanti also introduced a highly successful e-mail/e-survey based Summer Reading Program for Monterey County employees, the first of its kind in the country. The program is a recipient of one of CLA’s PR Wildcard awards in 2015.

Jayanti is an active in volunteer in the community. She has served or is currently serving on many boards. She is a mentor for the 2015 Eureka! class. Jayanti was also recognized as one of Monterey County’s 2015 Outstanding Women and received the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Front Line Award.

Jayanti’s husband Steve is retired. Her son Nik is a PhD candidate at UC Irvine, and her daughter Nisha is a business student who recently received her helicopter pilot’s license. Lulu the dog and Kiko the cat are also members of Jayanti’s family.