Monthly Archives: February 2012

Budget update

California Library Association Legislative Alert
Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget for FY 12/13 has no money for public libraries. We’re asking the State Legislature to restore $15.2 million in funding.
You can help:

Register today to receive legislative alerts at

Mail or fax letters NOW to the members of the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance and other key legislators listed at

A sample letter can be found at http:/ Legislator LETTER 03.2012.doc.

Go with other library advocates to visit your state legislators in their district offices during the months of March and April. You will receive another message soon with a link to the CLA member who is CLA’s legislative contact for each legislator responsible for making appointments. You can contact that person to learn the time and place of the appointment. Talking points for those meetings are on the CLA website at Be sure to add what the impact on your community is of losing all state funds for libraries and the double whammy of losing federal funds because of lacking the required matching funds.

Act today – You can make a Difference and Save State Funding for Public Libraries!

Coordinating Volunteers in Public Libraries–peer network

Coordinating Volunteers in Public Libraries:
Innovative Volunteer Management and Engagement Strategies

  • Are you interested in streamlined ways to create a strong volunteer program?
  • Want to learn more about developing sustainable positions and engaging skilled volunteer leaders?
  • Interested in connecting your volunteers with your staff and organization?

The Bay Area Volunteer Managers’ Peer Network invites you to join us for this powerful, interactive seminar. Designed for library and literacy program staff members, the sessions will help both new and experienced volunteer coordinators.
Offered at three locations, you can choose the site and date that works best for you. Each date features the same content. Standard mileage will be reimbursed, and lunch will be provided.
Registration is first registered—first accepted, and space is limited, so sign up early!

Date    Location    Registration Details
Friday, March 2
9 am – 3:15 pm    San Francisco Public Library—Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco    RSVP to
Include: Name, Library, Position
Monday, April 9
9 am – 3:15 pm    Marina Branch Library—Community Room
190 Seaside Circle, Marina    RSVP at this link:
Marina Seminar
Friday, May 4
9 am – 3:15 pm    San Jose Public Library—
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose   RSVP at this link:
San Jose Seminar 

The agenda for the seminar, as well as details about parking, reimbursement procedures, lunch and more will be sent once you are registered. We look forward to meeting you at one of the seminars!

Cathy Andrews
Kai Wilson
Jennifer Baker
Joan Young

Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies–webinar with Carla Lehn

Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies: Capturing the Talent of Baby Boomers and the Generations that Follow

Presenter:  Carla Lehn

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Time:

12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, February 23, 2012 webinar, go to

  •     Do you ever wonder what motivates volunteers?
  •     Are you wondering where to find talented volunteers?
  •     What projects or programs do you have that will attract them?

Baby boomers and the generations that follow are seeking new ways to use their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities. Your library is uniquely positioned to benefit from these volunteers. This webinar will provide tools, techniques, and models for volunteer engagement.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the potential for engaging high impact, skilled volunteers to assist public libraries.
  • Know how to engage this talent to extend the library’s capacity in the community and to benefit from these new library advocates and supporters.
  • Understand the motivations behind why people volunteer.
  • Be able to create diverse and meaningful skilled volunteer positions that will attract a broad range of community volunteers, especially baby boomers.
  • Plan to implement a variety of successful volunteer recruitment strategies that go far beyond the “Volunteer Here” sign on the Circulation Desk.

This webinar will be of interest volunteer managers, literacy coordinators and other staff or volunteers who engage or manage volunteers in libraries.

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:


Congratulations to our very own Luis Herrera, of SFPL, who has been awarded Librarian of the Year by Library Journal!  Read the story here.

Luis Herrera

Luis Herrera

February is Love your Library month!

Take advantage of having a special month dedicated to creating a love of libraries (aside from also being the month for romance and presidents) and create a display to draw your patrons in.  Send us the photos, and we can share them!  Library Love