March roared in this year all over California with robust weather—rain, snow and wind—a fitting reminder that the end of winter and the beginning of spring is always a time for preparation, action and, of course, change. Your professional calendars are filling with events and projects for the rest of the year, and beyond, and everything is running at “full speed ahead” including CLA events such as Day in the District with your legislators as well as workshops and, don’t forget CLA’s Spring Fling! Branding, technology, Common Core, and RDA—CLA is bringing it to you. Read more
CLA Member News
Congrats to the Los Angeles Public Library and Sacramento Public Library on being selected as finalists from California for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! Read more
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Management Team Message
We are pleased to announce that CLA has received a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to continue our Summer Matters library partnerships and Lunch at the Library program in 2014. Read more
Spotlight: California State Library Grand Reopening
On February 11, the California State Library celebrated its return to the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Acting State Librarian Gerry Maginnity and attended by over 130 people. Three former State Librarians, Gary Strong, Susan Hildreth and Stacey Aldrich, returned for the occasion and entertained the audience with memories of their time in the Library and Courts Building. California’s Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, read a poem composed for the occasion, and State Library Foundation members George Basye and Tom Vinson sang the state song, “I Love You, California.” Read more
Interest Groups Present: 2014 SPRING FLING!
CLA’s annual Spring Fling series of professional development and networking events starts next week with a workshop presented by the Technical Services Interest Group: Basic Cataloging with RDA will provide participants with an introduction to cataloging with RDA, focusing on print monographs covering both description and access.
This is just one of the many workshops offered during our Spring Fling series. Check below to find the full list of interesting workshops presented by our Interest Groups. Read more
Attuning to Their Differences: Implications of Demographics and Prior Library Experiences on Student Confidence
Confidence, which may be dependent upon previous experiences and achievements, can be an important contributor to student success. A major goal for many academic libraries is to develop students’ information literacy (IL) skills and consequently their confidence in performing IL tasks. However, libraries of all types can play a role in developing students’ IL abilities. The goal of this study was to observe if there were connections between race/ethnicity, gender, first generation college student status, and previous library experiences, including public and school library use, to college students’ confidence in performing research-related functions. Understanding the role that demographics and prior experiences with libraries, regardless of type, may have on the maintenance, progress, and growth in IL is significant, as it encourages librarians to consider how their particular program contributes to their various populations’ continuing IL development. Read more
Thank You to Our 2013 CLA Conference Sponsors!
Bibliotheca, Brainfuse, Group 4 Architecture, Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Lyngsoe Systems, Scholarshare
Better World Books, Brodart, DC Connect, EBSCO, Gale Cengage Learning, Mango Languages, Noll and Tam Architects, Orange Boy, Inc.
2014 CLA Conference - Call for Proposals!
California Libraries! We're going to be crowdsourcing the vote for the proposals for CLA Conference 2014 in Oakland. Last year, we submitted only a small portion to the crowd vote but this year, our plan is to submit most of them to you to decide. So, don't you want to know if what you have to contribute is just what people want to hear??? You've got to submit a proposal to find out! Read more
Call for Nominations and Applications for the 2014 CLA Awards and Scholarships Now Open!
The CLA Awards and Scholarship season is upon us!
Now is the time to:
CLA has a long-standing tradition of honoring the achievements of CLA members and the California library community. Please participate in this year's process and apply for an award or scholarship, or nominate a colleague today! A full list of scholarships and awards is included below.
The applications and nominations deadline is Friday, March 28 at 5:00pm. Read more
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