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Bridging Campus and Community: Libraries Transforming the Student Experience Through Service Learning

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
August 7 – 8, 2017
Registration Cost:  $125


Registration is now open for the 3rd Colloquium on Libraries and Service Learning.  Join us on the beautiful campus of Santa Clara University for a day and a half of workshops, presentations, and stimulating discussions focusing on library engagement within academic service learning.  Intended audience for the Colloquium includes librarians, faculty, service learning directors, students, and community partners.


For more information and the full program, visit the colloquium website.

Public Library Staff Education Program, Fiscal Year 2017-2018

We’re pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP) is now open. This tuition reimbursement program was developed by a team of public library directors and California State Library staff to encourage existing staff members to pursue their Masters in Library and Information Science or a Library Support Staff Certification through the American Library Association.

Library employees who have successfully worked in a California public library or county law library for at least one year, are currently enrolled in a masters or support staff certification program, and will be in their last 4 quarters or 2 semesters of a library science program in the fiscal year 2017-2018 are eligible to apply. The program guidelines and application are available on our website at  Deadline for application submission is April 14, 2017.

There is a competitive review process for all applications. Public Library Staff Education Program funds will be awarded to successful applicants for one academic year. Please review the guidelines for limitations. Priority is given to past grant recipients who are continuing in their studies toward their master’s degree or support staff certification. Additional funding for past recipient is possible in subsequent year. Cooperative Library Systems will continue to manage the reimbursement and reporting processes.

Thanks for your support of this program — and your assistance in recruiting students who will be our future library leaders and innovators. Please direct questions about this program or the application process to Lena Pham at (916) 651-0376 or  Or to Wendy Cao, Pacific Library Partnership at 650-349-5538 or

One Million Readers Tweets for Libraries

For adults about kids

SRC LogoPublic library summer reading programs are a great way to keep kids engaged during summer. Visit your library for info! #onemillionreaders

Help your kids set and meet reading goals this summer. Join a public library summer reading program! #onemillionreaders

Want your kids to learn and have fun this summer? Visit your local library and sign up for summer reading! #onemillionreaders

Libraries help kids explore a world of reading! Visit your local library to start your summer reading adventure! #onemillionreaders

Visit your library for summer reading and summer fun all summer long! #onemillionreaders

Parents! Model healthy reading habits for your kids & join a public library summer reading program this year. #onemillionreaders

Public library summer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Visit your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For summer learning/enrichment/camp staff

Public libraries are great summer partners! Visit your local library to find out about summer reading and other programs! #onemillionreaders

Sign up your students for a public library summer reading program and help them set and meet reading goals this summer! #onemillionreaders

For teens

Public libraries are great places to hang out! Stop by, ask about summer reading and programs, and bring your friends. #onemillionreaders

Bored of the mall? Get to your library for free programs, books, and prizes! #onemillionreaders

What do Divergent, Maze Runner and TFIOS have in common? They started out as books! Check out your library this summer #onemillionreaders

For adults about adults

Summer reading isn’t just for kids! Join the adult summer reading program @ your library! #onemillionreaders

Public libraries connect you with books all summer long! Visit your local library to find out more! #onemillionreaders

Still time to sign up for the One Million Readers Challenge


Dear colleagues,

It’s not too late to let CLA know that you’re taking part in California’s One Million Readers summer reading challenge.

Participating libraries have committed to creating partnerships and conducting outreach to increase their summer reading participation this year.

Are you doing this? Use our online form before the end of July to let us know that you’re part of the challenge!

Join over 100 public libraries and state and local partners in pledging your support to increase the number of children, teens, and adults who take part in California’s public library summer reading programs.

State Librarian, Greg Lucas, says: “Summer reading programs help prevent “summer slide.” They close the opportunity gap. They offer learning opportunities for all ages and build communities. So how incredible would it be to help 1 million Californians fall deeper in love with reading?” Read full message from Greg Lucas.

We hope you will join us in encouraging more children, teens, and adults to benefit from California’s summer reading programs!

There are some changes afoot.

On January 9th Linda Crowe, PLS’s Executive Director announced her retirement and today Susan Hildreth was announced as her successor. Ms. Hildreth will start on March 1.

Dear Colleagues,
It is with both regret and a sense of anticipation that I officially announce my retirement today. I came to PLS in 1983 and have seen PLS grow and move forward in a true model of sharing and collaboration. The work in building the mega systems and PLP has been challenging and rewarding. While I have been Executive Director of Califa, we have had many entrepreneurial enterprises and opportunities that have benefited all libraries in California, both from a visionary as well as a cost-savings perspective. I will continue to work part-time for Califa with CENIC on the broadband infrastructure project.

I expect that an announcement will be made next week regarding my successor and the timing of the transition, but I wanted to give you this information personally.

Linda Crowe


The Peninsula Library System, a consortium of public and community college libraries in San Mateo CA, is pleased to announce that Susan Hildreth will be joining the System as its Executive Director.  She will also assume the responsibilities for its affiliated partners, the Pacific Library Partnership, a California Library Service Act system and Califa, a 501(c)(3) not for profit membership organization that provides services and programs to libraries throughout California.  Hildreth served as the State Librarian of California from 2004 – 2009 and has served in leadership positions in California public libraries since 1980.  Hildreth will complete her term as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC, on January 18, 2015 and will assume her new position on March 1.