10/5/16 The Future of Libraries

10/5/16 – Registration is now open at:


Future of Libraries 12.0:
Online Communities: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
$30 registration fee

Event highlights:

–LinkedIn: Building Relationships Through a High-Tech Approach

–Community Management Best Practices for Librarians

–Fad vs. Fab: Tech Trends

–Meetup Alt Library

–Instagram: Bookface Friday

–Augmented Reality in Libraries

Linda Crowe, 2016 California Library Association (CLA) Hall of Fame


The administration and staff of the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP), Peninsula Library System (PLS), and the Califa Group are pleased to jointly announce the selection of Linda Crowe into the 2016 California Library Association (CLA) Hall of Fame. Linda’s selection is an acknowledgement of her leadership in our profession which has had a significant and positive impact on improving library service in California.

Linda was the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System from 1983-2015. During her leadership, she led many initiatives which helped this 35-member consortium of public and community college libraries provide innovative and cost-effective services.

In 2004, Linda co-founded the Califa Group, a 501C3 non-profit corporation and served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2004-2015. The Califa Group enables libraries to purchase services and products cooperatively. With a membership of 220 libraries, Califa saves its members over 4 million dollars a year. Califa currently serves as the aggregator of the CENIC broadband project that provides high speed broadband to public libraries throughout California. Califa also serves as the project manager for a National Science Foundation grant that brings STEM programming to rural public libraries throughout the country.

In 2008, Linda led the merger of the four CLSA cooperative library systems in the San Francisco Bay Area (BALIS, PLS, MOBAC, and SVLS), which includes all of the public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. This merger resulted in the development of the Pacific Library Partnership, one of the nine regional library cooperatives in California. Linda served as the Chief Executive Officer of PLP from 2009-2015 where she
provided vision, leadership, and administrative oversight.

Linda is currently serving as a consultant on the CENIC project.
Susan Hildreth, who has held various positions in the field, including California State Librarian, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Director roles with PLP, PLS and Califa, applauded Linda’s selection and thought it most deserving, saying, “Linda is a great model for our field, a big picture thinker, entrepreneur and risk-taker who made a huge contribution to moving the library field forward in California and nationally.”

During her tenure in California, Linda contributed greatly to CLA. A member since 1984, her accomplishments with CLA are many. She served as the Treasurer from 1988-94; Chair of the Legislative Committee from 1996-98; Co-Chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Library Profession, 1994-95; and CLA President in 2001. In 1995, in recognition of her dedicated leadership, Linda was honored as the CLA Member of the Year. In 2014, Linda was the recipient of the CLA Technology Professional Award.

Linda has been a member of ALA since 1968 and worked in various capacities with the organization over the years. She also received the Association of State and Cooperative Library Systems (ASCLA) Leadership Award in 1995 for her contributions to ALA.

Linda will be recognized at the 2016 California Library Association Annual Convention Awards Reception on Thursday, November 3, 2017, from 8-10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the CLA conference website. For more information about the California Library Hall of Fame and this year’s inductees, please click here: http://www.cla-net.org/?page=405.

Linda Crowe Press Release

Carol Frost, PLP System Director & PLS Acting Director
P: 650. 349.5538

Announcing Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program and the PLP Grant Replication Program for 2016-17

The PLP Executive Committee is continuing the very successful Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program and the PLP Grant Replication Program for 2016-17. The total amount of available funds is $150,000.

Funding Limits:

Each grant application may not exceed $15,000.

PLP Grant Announcement

PLP Grant cover form

PLP Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Application

PLP Replication Grant Program

Head of Research Support Services at UCSC

The University of California, Santa Cruz, (UCSC) invites applications from forward-thinking, enthusiastic, and collegial leaders to be the Head of the Research Support Services Department (RSS).
Qualifications include: 
  • MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution or master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) with emphasis on current, innovative pedagogical methods
  • Experience managing and leading teams of professionals, including goal setting and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and participating in outreach initiatives/programs
  • Extensive teaching support experience
Review of applications will begin on September 6, 2016.

For additional details, please see the complete posting.


PLP Special Projects Librarian

Are you an independent librarian looking for a challenge? Do you like to see the big picture, and then roll your sleeves up and get in to the details? The Pacific Library Partnership is seeking a Special Projects Librarian. This person will work directly with the System Director in coordinating services to the member libraries of PLP.

The Pacific Library Partnership is a consolidation of four library systems, BALIS (Bay Area Library and Information System), serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties; PLS (Peninsula Library System), serving San Mateo County; MOBAC (Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System), serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties; and SVLS (Silicon Valley Library System), serving Santa Clara County. There are 43 libraries participating in PLP.

This unique position is open to all levels of librarian expertise. Ongoing funds are allocated to this contract, non-benefited position. The salary will be negotiated based on experience and expertise. The position will require approximately 20 hours per week, and may flex depending upon work. The hours may be flexible, but need to be within  8-5, Monday – Friday. The successful person must be available to attend PLP and other system meetings.

If you are interested, please send your resume, along with a cover letter of interest, to Terry Jackson, jackson@plsinfo.org, by August 26.  Terry and Carol are both available to answer any questions you might have.

Carol Frost, frost@plpinfo.org

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