It’s hard to believe that this will be my final CLA Insider column as your CLA President. Like so many things in life, being CLA President has simultaneously felt like it lasted for years and like it was over in a flash! Read more
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Congratulations to Tulare County Library for being awarded two CSAC awards this year! CSAC is the California State Association of Counties. The annual Challenge Awards program was created by CSAC in the mid-1990s. Since that time, it has grown in popularity. The award-winning programs are just a sampling of the creativity and leadership demonstrated each day by our counties. All 220 Challenge Award entries were evaluated by an independent panel of judges closely affiliated with California counties and the programs and services they deliver. Read more
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Member's Spotlight: Member of the Year - Patricia "Patty" Wong
If you’ve been around libraries in California for any amount of time you’ve most likely heard of Patty Wong, County Librarian/Chief Archivist of the Yolo County Library. Deciding to name Patty the 2013 CLA Member of the Year was an easy decision. She is active at all levels of the library profession: local, state and national. Read more
CLA President's Award Winner: Superivisor Simitian
The CLA President’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership, and achievement in support of California libraries by a trustee, friend, elected official, or other lay person who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries. Read more
2013 CLA Hall of Fame Inductees
The CLA Library History Interest Group is extremely pleased to announce this year’s list of California Library Hall of Fame inductees. All nine honorees were nominated by CLA members and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Award Gala festivities during CLA conference, Sunday night, November 3. Read More
California Public Libraries Collect Over 40,000 Pounds of Food For Hungry Families
This summer, public libraries across California partnered with local area food banks to collect food for those in need. The effort exceeded all expectations. Together, libraries from Tehama County to San Diego County collected over 41,000 pounds of food, well exceeding the original target of 10,000 pounds. Read More
Pre-conference Workshops Sponsored by CLA’s Interest Groups
Don't miss out on the Pre-conferences sponsored by our interest groups! Spaces are limited to make sure to register early!
Clamoring for Service Excellence! California Library Literacy Programs: Let’s Make Some Noise!
Sponsored by the Literacy Interest Group
Basic Cataloging with RDA
Sponsored by the Technical Services and Chinese American Librarians Interest Groups
RDA, the new cataloging standard, was implemented by the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013, and California librarians are now challenged to implement and integrate RDA into their local catalogs. This workshop will offer a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, will focus on print monographs, and will cover both description and access. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Attendees will access the latest national documentation on policies, decisions, best practices, and training materials related to RDA. Through guided participatory exercises they will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for the effective implementation and integration of RDA into the fabric of their libraries.
For more information about our 2013 CLA Conference, please visit: http://conference.cla-net.org/new/
Conference Updates: Stay up late, get up early, and Make Some Noise!
Don’t miss out on what everyone will be talking about Monday morning, Prom! Come celebrate the best of California’s libraries at the Awards Gala; then stay to see the Prom King and Queen crowned and dance the night away. There will be a photo opportunity, so find your old prom dress and dig out those ruffled tuxedo shirts- they still fit, right? Space is limited - so make sure to get your tickets before time runs out! Read more
Meet the Candidates of the 2013-2014 CLA Elections
Voting is now open to active, voting members of CLA! Be an informed voter by taking the opportunity to learn about each of our candidates. Select the candidates name to learn more about them. Read More
Submit Your Ideas for the 2016 Summer Reading Slogan
iREAD is excited to open up brainstorming of our 2016 slogan to librarians in California! The 2016 theme will focus on sports and games to coincide with the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Beginning now and continuing through November 15th, we are soliciting ideas for 2016's slogan. We know librarians are full of great ideas and we hope you will pass our search along to librarians in your state. Read More
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