The CENIC LibraryNet Keynote presentation regarding the issue of bandwidth in our libraries, and what we can do about it, has been uploaded to our documents page.
May 15, 2013
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
SCA 7-WOLK PASSES FIRST COMMITTEE
Thank you to library community for support letters
Shortly after noon today, SCA 7 by Senator Lois Wolk passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a straight partisan vote (all Democrat members voting “aye” and the two Republican members voting “no.”) SCA 7 would authorize the lowering of the local vote threshold from two-thirds to 55% for cities, counties, or library districts to issue construction bonds or levy special taxes for library operations. If passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, as a constitutional amendment, it would need to be passed by the voters on the November 2014 statewide ballot.
Today’s committee agenda for Senate Governance and Finance contained 6 constitutional amendments, (including Senator Wolk’s), which each seek to lower the local vote threshold for various purposes including transportation projects, special taxes, education, and others. To give all of the measures a fair and thorough hearing, Senator Wolk, who also Chairs the Committee, scheduled all of the related constitutional amendments for a “special order” commencing at 10:30 a.m. In her overview remarks Senator Wolk stated that the discussion about many of the measures would, undoubtedly, center around Proposition 13, but she said that it would be unrealistic to “suggest that the 35 year old law is perfect.” She said that Proposition 13 ultimately “shifted the financing of key public resources to more unstable options….These measures will increase local flexibility and advance the Governor’s concept of subsidiarity, which brings services closest to the people.” Finally, she closed by asking if an “initiative approved by parents and grandparents should bind voters today. They should have their say.”
After all of the authors had presented their measures (which each similarly passed on a straight partisan vote), Senator Wolk took up her SCA 7. During her presentation, Senator Wolk stressed the importance of libraries to our communities, saying that they “aren’t our traditional libraries anymore. They are offering a host of important services from literacy training to resume building classes, to students who use the after-school online tutoring programs.” Mike Dillon testified on behalf of CLA, noting that the year 2000 marked the last time there was a statewide bond approved by the voters and it quickly was exhausted due to the overwhelming infrastructure need of communities. He explained that it was important to give local governments and local voters the ability to make choices for their communities, such as bond construction, or helping to alleviate some of the drastic cuts that were made to library programs in the state Budget, by levying a local tax for library operations.
Patty Wong, the Yolo County Library Director, member of CLA’s Legislative Committee, and former recipient of Senator Wolk’s “Woman of the Year” award, indicated that the measure had the full support of the Yolo County Supervisors and was much needed for her county. In terms of construction needs, she noted a $5-8 million need over the next 10-12 years and added that the patron satisfaction ratings are “beyond high and we have more people than we can possibly serve. We are the most reliable source for broadband. We are the people’s university and their small business center, and their home away from home.”
Also testifying in support of the measure were two representatives of the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library, the California State Association of Counties, the lobbyist for the cities of Pasadena and Burbank, Alan Smith Contra Costa Library Commissioner – also representing the California Public Library Advocates (formerly CALTAC), the League of Cities, the California Labor Federation, and lobbyists for Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose. CLA members are to be commended for their strong outpouring of letters of support for this measure, which was represented in the lengthy list in the committee analysis. (Please see the link to the analysis for SCA 7 to view the full, impressive grouping.)
The SCA measures were not without opposition, with a group of business interests from the Chamber of Commerce to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, to the realtor and apartment association groups and Farm Bureau, asking the members of the committee to oppose each SCA, based on the “state’s current high tax burden” and various other arguments.
SCA 7 subsequently passed out of committee on a partisan vote, as mentioned. All of the bills are now double-referred to the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, but because they are constitutional amendments, they do not subscribe to the same timeline as a standard bill. They can be taken up this year or early next year. Once SCA 7 is officially assigned to the next policy committee, we will send you the contact information for those Senators and we will be asking you to write letters of support again.
Overdrive is launching a test to see how much of an impact ebooks are having in the publishing world. The goal is to put ebooks on the “map” so to speak, by seeing if one title is promoted across participating libraries, how much that will drive consumer choices in purchasing that title, or other titles by the same author. If the results are favorable, it may lead to more publishers becoming ebook lending library friendly. Read the whole article here.
Town of Los Gatos
$26.43 to $34.31/hour ($54,974- $71,364 annually) DOQ
The Town of Los Gatos is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity available for a Customer Service Supervisor in our brand new library. The Town’s Library is an amazing 30,000 square foot, two-story LEEDGold facility that houses a children’s area, teen’s “tree house”, history room, periodical room with fireplace and contemporary art. The Town recently held a week-long celebration to mark the one-year anniversary of the new Library, which has fulfilled expectations of being a center for life-long learning and a community gathering place.
The Library Customer Service Supervisor will join a team which prides itself on providing welcoming and efficient service to all library users. With the assistance of industry experts, the Library staff recently identified the Library Customer Service Values. The Library Customer Service Supervisor will be integral in ensuring that these values are met on a consistent basis.
In addition to traditional Library services, the Los Gatos Library provides an array of interactive programs and is a progressive leader in e-learning and emerging technologies.
The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service mind-set, along with the ability to supervise and train Library staff. In addition, the successful candidate will be knowledgeable about current trends in public libraries and library-related technology.
Key strengths include: Library operations, strong customer service and communication skills; change management, problem solver, solid supervision and leadership, conflict resolution.
Qualifications: Equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree in Library Technology or closely related field AND three years of increasingly responsible public library experience. Experience must include supervisory duties and at least two years of progressive experience with an automated circulation system.
Special Requirements: Willingness and ability to work rotating and irregular shifts, including nights and weekends.
Work Conditions: Work in a library environment directly with the public; sustained posture in a standing, walking, or seated position for prolonged periods of time; perform lifting, crouching and pushing; some positions may include prolonged usage of computer equipment.
Apply Now: Submit your employment application online, answer all supplemental questions and provide five work-related references (will not be contacted until mutual interest is established) online by clicking this link: Library Customer Service Supervisor.
Deadline to Apply: 5:00 pm, Friday, May 10, 2013
After an extensive wait, and the generosity of Anne Caine for covering San Jose Public Library as Director after Jane Light retired, SJPL finally welcomes Jill Bourne as the new head of the library. For more, visit SJPL’s blog.
BayNet is pleased to present an exciting annual meeting program!
Topic: How Data Can Help Create Better Communities
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Reichental, CIO for the City of Palo Alto
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: 9am – 12pm
Place: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
Continental breakfast will be provided.
Registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there!
In an era of government deficits it’s comforting to note that there is an abundant surplus of data. But until recently, leveraging value from data beyond its initial creation and use has been difficult. Today, this picture is changing. A combination of new technologies and a more enlightened emerging leadership is finding innovative ways to put data to work. Beyond much desired transparency and accountability, making government data more easily accessible is creating a wave of valuable community applications. In this talk, Dr. Reichental will discuss these transformational items and help the audience to think about how they too can participate in this new data economy.
Dr. Jonathan Reichental is currently an award-winning Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto where he is focusing on modernizing the existing technology environment, implementing enhancements to the citywide SAP implementation, as well as pushing the boundaries of innovation in local government such as open data and broader civic participation through mobile devices. Jonathan was recently awarded the distinction of being one of the 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in Government in America in 2013.
If you’ve never had a chance to do a workshop with Becky and John, here’s your chance. They are amazing, inspiring, and engaging.
Leading From Any Position: Influencing Library Effectiveness and Responsiveness
Instructors: Becky Schreiber and John Shannon
Dates and Locations: April 22-23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
April 25-26, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario Airport
For more information and to register for this course: Click the link to Online Registration at:
Fee: $75 for those in the California library community
Special Note Regarding Fee: Thanks to the generous support of the California State Library, the $75 fee for this workshop covers not only two days of training, but also meals for those days and one night in the hotel where the workshop is held. It also covers the one-day follow-up session, including continental breakfast and lunch on that day. In other words, this is a real bargain! Due to the special funding, registration is limited to the California library community.
Leading From Any Position is a workshop developed by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon of Schreiber Shannon Associates to give you the knowledge and skills to analyze work processes, make data based decisions, and facilitate more effective meetings – from any position in the library. We will provide strategies for helping your library be more agile in responding to user needs by creating an organizational culture of exploration and knowledge sharing.
Some of the benefits of coming to LFAP:
• You will be able to steer the direction of your work instead of being at the mercy of the usual distractions, inefficiencies, and disconnections.
• You’ll have more influence and have less frustration when you clarify individual work priorities within the context of the system’s priorities.
• Your credibility will expand when you start supporting your opinions with data, building the capacity of your work team to study an issue, build data, and make informed decisions to move into the future.
• You will enhance your meetings when you learn to be a better team member, facilitating decision-making even when you are not in charge.
• You will improve your library’s culture starting from your own position, by changing your behavior and holding others accountable in diplomatic and effective ways.
Who Should Attend: As its title implies, LFAP is open to anyone from the California library community with an interest in developing skills to be more influential in their work. We are hoping to attract those of you who are enthusiastic about contributing your best to your library, but who may have met obstacles in that effort. This workshop is also appropriate for library business managers, procurement officers, public information officers, systems staff, facilities managers or anyone else on staff who wants to improve the organizational culture through their own initiative.
If you have questions about registration, please contact Gini Ambrosino, the Infopeople Project Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 916-690-6595.
You still have time to nominate that mentor, employee, or co-worker! Nominations are due by the close of day on Friday at 5 pm, so write up your contributions first thing in the morning.
The CLA Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual member of the California Library Association for his or her outstanding contributions, leadership and achievements in service to California libraries. The award is given to a CLA Member who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of libraries and librarianship through professional activities. Consideration for selection includes: distinguished service to the profession; active and innovative leadership in the development of libraries and the improvement of library service; and outstanding contributions in promoting libraries and bringing community, regional or statewide recognition to libraries. For more information take a look at the link below.
March 15, 2013
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
I. SCR 14-WOLK CELEBRATES “CALIFORNIA LIBRARY WEEK”
Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) has introduced SCR 14, a legislative resolution celebrating “California Library Week,” from April 14 to April 20, 2013. The measure, sponsored by CLA, seeks to highlight the positive contributions of public libraries, librarians, and all library workers for “enriching the lives of California residents.” The week of celebration will coincide with National Library Week, wherein libraries throughout the state and the nation will be hosting special events and highlighting important local programs and services.
Senator Wolk is also the sponsor of SCA 7, the constitutional amendment that seeks to lower the local voter threshold from the current two-thirds vote to 55% for a community seeking to pass a library construction bond or a special tax for the support of the library. This measure is also sponsored by CLA and has not yet been set for hearing in its first legislative policy committee – the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. (However, constitutional amendments do not have the same time deadlines as bills, and there is a likelihood that SCA 7 could be set early to mid May.)
CLA is grateful to Senator Wolk for her long-standing commitment to library issues at the Capitol and for her strong support of her local libraries.
II. CALL TO ACTION CORRECTION – BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE CHANGE
On Wednesday, you received a “News From the Capitol” report from our office, regarding a “call to action,” for this year’s so-called “Budget ask” involving the CENIC/CLA/State Library proposal to connect libraries to the CENIC backbone. We incorrectly noted that Senator Ted Gaines was a member of the Senate Budget Subcommittee Number One on Education Finance, but he has, in fact been replaced. Senator Mark Wyland, the current Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee, will take Senator Gaines’ place on the subcommittee this year.
Here is the correct list for the Senate Budget Subcommittee Number 1 on Education Finance –
Senator Marty Block, Chair – Room 4090
Senator Roderick Wright – Room 2032
Senator Mark Wyland – Room 4048
We apologize for the confusion.