Black Belt Librarian Workshop

See our previous post on the details of the Black Belt Librarian Workshop.  There are still openings!  Again, this workshop is open to ALL staff levels, so please get the word out to everyone, from Aides and Pages to Librarians and Senior Staff.

Berkeley Public Library Hiring Library Services Manager

Library Services Manager Recruitment Now OPEN through March 10th!

Situated between rolling hills and the San Francisco Bay, the Berkeley Public Library, established in 1893, has a Central Library and four branches, Tool Lending Library & Adult Literacy program. For its population size, Berkeley Public Library is one of the most heavily used public libraries in California. The Berkeley Public Library supports the individual’s right to know by providing free access to information and developing collections and services that meet the needs of our diverse community. This is an especially exciting time for BPL as we have recently completed a $26 million branch project to renovate our four branch libraries and are now looking to makeover our Central Library which was constructed in 2002.  Additionally, the Library is embarking on a new strategic planning process which will help determine the Library’s direction for the next 3 years.

The Berkeley Public Library is currently looking for a qualified and energetic candidate to lead Adult and Teen Services and Collection Development.

The Library Services Manager is considered a division head accountable for major system wide programs, services and operations. Responsibilities include; the oversight and supervision of all planning, budgeting, operations and personnel management activities in our Reference and Art & Music divisions as well as Teen Services and Collection Development. Additionally, this position establishes, directs, and maintains standards of service to adults and teens system-wide, including oversight of system-wide collection development/management, public events and programs, customer service standards, electronic resources, and outreach to adults and teens.  If you are the type of leader that prefers to tackle challenges with innovative and creative ideas, this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Base Salary Range: $92,244-$111,168

Benefits: 100% Health Insurance; Delta Dental covers 90% of services with $2000 annual cap;  Life Insurance with option to purchase supplemental coverage; two weeks vacation + 3 floating holidays and 1 week of administrative leave; drastically discounted health club membership and transit subsidies.
Library employees are included in CalPERS. Retirement formulas are dependent on individuals’ eligibility.

Join us in leading an experienced staff which possesses a diverse range of talents and specialties with a constant emphasis on the highest quality customer service to Library users, in a community that is passionately supportive of its public library.

To Apply:
Additional information including job and application requirements and salary and benefits info can be found at the City of Berkeley’s employment page at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/berkeley/default.cfm

Who Needs Libraries: Services and Facilities Planning for the Future

The Pacific Library Partnership announces that registration is now open for:

Who Needs Libraries: Services and Facilities Planning for the Future
What are newest trends in library services and facility design and how do they affect your library?  What strategies should you employ to successfully remodel an existing facility in a practical and cost-effective manner?

Through a lively mix of image-based slide shows of current best practices and successful “makeover” projects and engaging participatory exercises, Kathy Page and Susan Kent will bring their experience working with libraries in the US and beyond to Northern California in a workshop that will include a focused look at planning for the future of library services and library facilities including:

  • Great Customer Experience – How to make it happen
  • Assumptions and Trends for Library Service in the Future
  • Facilities for the Future
  • Interior Makeover 101: Remodeling existing space – Practical strategies and successful examples

This workshop will be offered in three locations:

Friday, March 28th, Fremont Public Library, (Alameda County Library) Fremont
Thursday, April 3rd,  San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco
Friday, April 4th,  Scotts Valley Branch Library (Santa Cruz City-County Library System)

All sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with sign-in from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

Registration is $20.00 and there is a limit of 20 attendees per session.

The Presenters:  Kathy Page is a nationally recognized library facility planner with 15 years of experience and 150 completed projects, primarily in California and the West Coast.  Her practice focuses on the space and programmatic needs of public libraries, with a specific emphasis on accommodating emerging and innovative service models.  She works with architectural design firms as well as directly with cities, counties and other public sector jurisdictions to assess space needs, develop building programs and plan interior space remodels of existing facilities.
Susan Kent has extensive experience in public libraries.   She has served as the Director and Chief Executive of The Branch Libraries for the New York Public Library, City Librarian of Los Angeles Public Library and Director of the Minneapolis Public Library.  In these and other capacities, she has planned and built more than 80 libraries.  Kathy and Susan have recently worked together on the Dayton, Ohio Metropolitan Libraries planning for their Main Library and several branches.  We are pleased to bring them to three locations within PLP for our member libraries.

For more details and to register go to:

Fremont on Friday, March 28th: http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=516

San Francisco on Thursday, April 3rd: http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=514

Scotts Valley on Friday, April 4th: http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=515

Partnering with Your Local Schools: An Infopeople Online Course

A Smart Partnership: Collaborating Successfully with Your Local Schools
An Infopeople online course, March 25, 2014 to April 21, 2014

Establishing a partnership between your public library and public school may be one of the smartest investments of time and effort your library can make. Creating a successful partnership leverages funding and expertise in a visible way and benefits both partners. In this course you will learn…

  • The basic concepts of an effective partnership
  • Why partnerships between schools and libraries are especially beneficial to all parties involved
  • How to assess and repackage existing K-12 program components into a comprehensive partnership
  • How to plan and implement a strong and lasting public library/school partnership

Instructor: Valerie Gross

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
For a complete course description and to register go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=374

Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=512 (Castro Valley) or http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=513 (San Jose).

PLP Innovation Grant 2013 Recipients Announced!

For a list of all 2013 recipients and their winning projects, visit our Innovation Grants page.

San Mateo Public Library–Deputy City Librarian Opening

San Mateo Public Library has opened the search for a Deputy City Librarian.  See the flyer with all the details below.

Deputy City Librarian – San Mateo Public Library.

Administrative Librarian Opening in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Public Library has an opening for an Administrative Librarian.  This position reports to the Director of Library and Community services and is responsible for the operations and services of two major divisions. In addition this position will be involved with the planning and development of a new branch library as well as other innovative projects.  More information about this position and how to apply is listed below.

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/sunnyvale/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=779394

Monterey Public and South San Francisco Hiring

Monterey Public Library is hiring for two full-time Youth Services Librarians.  See the job announcement for details.

South San Francisco is also hiring for one part-time (32 hour) Librarian I.  Here’s the link for the announcement.

Both positions are expected to close quickly, so don’t delay in applying if you are interested.

Governor Brown Releases 2014-2015 Budget Proposal

January 9, 2014

TO:                 CLA Members/ Systems/ Network Contacts

FROM:           Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist

RE:                 News From the Capitol

GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES 2014-15 BUDGET PROPOSAL:
$3.3 Million for CLA’s major library broadband proposal is included

This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his much anticipated January 2014-15 Budget proposal at a press conference at the State Capitol.  The Governor was previously scheduled to release the Budget tomorrow, January 10th, but the Budget document was inadvertently leaked to a member of the press around 5 p.m. last night and that development prompted the Governor to accelerate the release of his 2014-15 spending plan.   The Governor called the Budget “very good news” and said it represents “fiscal responsibility.” But he also noted that “wisdom and prudence is the order of the day,” referencing the need to exercise fiscal discipline as the state continues to pay down its long-standing financial debt and liabilities.

Citing improving revenues, the Governor’s Budget sets forth a blueprint of reinvestment in various areas that had previously been subject to past years’ budget cuts such as K-12 education, health care, and public safety.  The Budget also eliminates $11 billion in debt and establishes a “rainy day fund.”

Most notably, the Governor has indicated his strong support of CLA’s lobbying effort to secure funding in the state Budget for a statewide, broadband infrastructure project benefitting public libraries by including $3.3 million in his proposal released today.  Specifically, his 2014-15 proposal reads:

“CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY
Significant Adjustment:
High Speed Internet Access – The Budget proposes $3.3 million General Fund to provide public libraries access to high-speed Internet to better meet the demands of today’s library patrons.  This includes $2.3 million to allow California’s public library branches to access a statewide, high-speed Internet network, and $1 million General fund on a one-time basis for grants to public libraries that require equipment upgrades to connect to a high-speed network.”

You will recall that during the 2013 legislative year, CLA worked with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and the California State Library to try to secure funding in the State Budget to bring public libraries on to a 3,000 mile high speed, statewide broadband “backbone” operated by CENIC.  CENIC currently provides this same broadband service to the entire K-12 community, as well as UC, CSU, and the state’s community colleges.  Ultimately, the legislature agreed to include language in the 2013-14 Budget bill to require the State Library to conduct a comprehensive, statewide broadband Needs Assessment to determine the precise level of connectivity and speed at public libraries.  The Needs Assessment, which was finalized in early October, produced findings that were quite telling.  The report overwhelmingly supported the case for CLA’s broadband funding request when it demonstrated that, for example, 52% of public libraries reported connecting at 10 Mbps or slower.

The Governor’s proposal, if approved by the Legislature, will allow public libraries to connect to the CENIC broadband backbone after the start of the fiscal year, July 1 or once the state Budget is approved and signed by the Governor.  The Needs Assessment determined that 80% of the public libraries are well positioned to join the CENIC network with little modifications to existing service.  Because there are approximately 20% of public libraries that may need assistance with the purchase of circuits or other hardware, etc., the Governor’s Budget recognizes that scenario and authorizes $1 million in one-time funding to provide for that assistance.

In the coming weeks, we will be instructing CLA members and library supporters as to how to contact members of the Assembly and Senate Budget Subcommittees and Budget leadership to encourage their strong support of the Governor’s broadband plan for public libraries.  There is still much to do before a proposal of this level can come to fruition.  In the meantime, we encourage all of you to participate in this year’s “CLA Day In the District” event so that you can use it as an opportunity to ask your legislator to support the broadband proposal.

We are grateful to Governor Brown, and particularly his Department of Finance for working with CLA, CENIC and the State Library over the last year and, most recently during the Fall months, as we made one more concerted advocacy push for the program.  Today’s announcement by the Governor is an exciting recognition of this forward-thinking, game changing proposal for public libraries.