Category Archives: Pacific Library Partnership

Registration is open for “Cracking the Codes: Libraries Promoting Racial Equity”

The 2017 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee is pleased to present two sessions of this workshop, which is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Tuesday, April 11 || 9am-1pm || $15
Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) 3600 Norbridge Ave
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Tuesday, April 25 || 9am-1pm || $15
King Library 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose
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Expanding Leadership and Management Perspectives Announcing a professional development program for middle managers!

What: An intensive, year long program for ten to twelve people focused on improving problem solving skills, understanding the big picture of the environment in which public libraries operate, and strengthening professional networks.

Whether you want to move up or are focused on being more effective in your current job, participation in this program will expand and improve your skills and performance as a member of a library management team.

Who: Managers that currently report to an executive (deputy/assistant director or library director) such as division managers, branch managers, unit or service level managers. More than one person from a member library may participate.

Why: You will be more effective and have more influence if you have a better understanding of the context in which the library operates. You will be better able to assist in leading and managing your library during this time of great change in libraries, local government and society.

How: Participants will meet monthly (meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday) for day long meetings rotated among the participants’ libraries. Each meeting will focus on a leadership or management topic such as developing influence, relationships with Friends and Foundations, managing change, operating in a political environment, measuring and evaluating service effectiveness, and project management.

Each participant will research and present a topic to the group for in-depth discussion; guest speakers and the program facilitator will provide additional perspectives on the topics. A tour of the host library and time for networking during a working lunch will be included.

Program facilitator:  Jane Light, formerly director of San Jose and Redwood City libraries and currently a library management coach and consultant.

 Cost to participate: $900. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.

To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by December 2, 2016 and send it to Jane Light, Program Coordinator, at  Call her at 650-533-0548 with questions or for more information.

Announcing a 2017 session of PLP’s successful professional development program for library executives

Are you fairly new in your current job and want to learn with and from peers and strengthen your network of local library leaders?

Have you been in your current job for a while and want an opportunity to refresh your network and broaden your problem-solving repertoire?

What:  A professional development program for 10-12 PLP library executives beginning early in 2017 that builds and deepens the problem solving skills and peer networks of participants in a confidential and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the most pressing issues you and your library are facing.

How: Library executives gather together monthly for a day long meeting that is planned and facilitated by the program coordinator, Jane Light. Participants commit to make attending meetings a priority and specifically to miss no more than 2 meetings. Only one executive (library director, assistant/deputy director or person designated second-in-charge) may participate from a member library.

At each meeting a participant presents a critical problem he or she is facing. In a structured manner, the problem is analyzed and discussed by participants with suggested approaches offered after full discussion of the issue. All participants agree to keep the issue and the discussion confidential. The presenter informs the group of his or her decision or action afterward. Over time, each participant will take a turn.

In addition, meetings feature a tour of the hosting library and a guest for a portion of the time that presents and discusses information or issues of particular interest. Guests have included a former city manager, a political consultant, and an HR director.  Books, articles and other resources of interest to the group are shared and presented for discussion. Participants may also lead a portion of a meeting on a specific topic of interest.

Meetings start at 9:30 and end at 3:30 and are rotated among the participating libraries. Refreshments and a working lunch will be provided.

Cost to participate: $1000. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.

Timeframe:    Meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday.

To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by Dec 2, 2016 and send it to Jane Light, Program Coordinator, at  Call her at 650-533-0548 with questions or for more information. If there are more applicants than spaces, members of the PLP Executive Committee will work with Light to select participants.

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:

Linda Crowe Press Release

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