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CLA Chronicle
#1 issue: Tuesday, July 28, 2015








President's Column 

Welcome to the initial issue of the newly reinvented CLA newsletter.  First of all, I would like to thank Rebecca Forth and her team for undertaking this endeavor.  I hope that you will find this newsletter to be fun, enlightening and that will give you a feeling of being more connected to the California Library Association.  (For this to happen will probably take more than one issue but we have to start somewhere, right?...)

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California Center for the Book 

Dear colleagues,


I hope that you saw the announcement on July 1 that the California Center for the Book is now a project of CLA.  This is a terrific new alliance for us, and I’m looking forward to collaborating with Natalie Cole, Robert Karatsu, Misty Jones and everyone at CLA.

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Why I Love CLA Annual! 

It’s the difference between a huge concert at a corporate-sponsored arena and a show at the local bar— the scale and scope of ALA Annual and CLA Annual offer different opportunities.  What I love about CLA is the feeling of being able to reach out and make things happen...
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My Experience at ALA 

Recently, I attended the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco on behalf of my library and I was able to act as a mentor for a co-worker who was attending her first ever library conference. For anyone attending ALA for the first time, I’ll share the advice I gave to her...
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Ask Jan! 

Dear Jan,

I’ve been working as a librarian for nine years at the same library.  I feel ready to advance, and have taken every professional development opportunity I can find.  I keep applying for manager positions, but can’t seem to make it past the first interview.  I’m feeling frustrated and hopeless about ever moving forward in my career.  What do I need to do?



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CLA Committee Update: 

Intellectual Freedom Committee

Greetings from the 2015 Intellectual Freedom Committee (aka IFC)! The past few months have been filled with important decisions, challenges, and votes that have shocked, thrilled, and outraged Americans. From the legalization of same-sex marriage, the banning of the Confederate flag around the country, the expansion of graphic novels in literary curriculum, to the extension of the Patriot Act; the world we know is being reshaped. As librarians, these changes bring questions and opportunities. To display or not to display? What happened when the Ames Public Library flew a Pride Flag during Pride Week? 
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Lunch at the (Sonoma County) Library 

We’d been considering Lunch at the Library for some time, when out of the blue, the local food bank called.  The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County has been coordinating free summer lunches for kids to the over 30,000 children who qualify for free and subsidized lunches during the school year.  In April, they rang the library to ask if we would be interested in participating in Lunch at the Library.

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