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.

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

$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:

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.

Digital Services Librarian Wanted

Monterey Peninsula College is hiring for a full-time, tenure-track Digital Services Librarian, appointment starting Fall of 2014.  See the Job Announcement for more details.

Responsive Web Design Online Course

Responsive Web Design for Libraries

An Infopeople online course, January 28 to February 24, 2014

By next year there will be more active mobile devices than people on the planet. How can you ensure that your library’s online services work as well on smartphones and tablets as they do on desktop computers? What about devices that haven’t been dreamed of yet? Instead of reacting to each new device, you can build websites that adapt to any device. Join Matt Reidsma, author of a new book on responsive design for libraries, to learn:

•       The basics of responsive web design (RWD)

•       How to compare RWD against other solutions to the “mobile problem”

•       How to implement best practices for website design in an increasingly mobile world even if you don’t use RWD

Instructor: Matthew Reidsma

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to

PLP Staff Directory

A new directory has been posted on our website.  If you need the password, contact Wendy at the PLP office.

Libraries and Common Core Standards Webinar–Tomorrow!

A webinar reminder from Infopeople.  Please let your staff and colleagues know about this event!

Title:  Public Libraries and the Common Core Curriculum: Resources
Presenter:  Kathleen Odean
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

·        Did you know Common Core standards require that, by 12th grade, 70% of student reading be nonfiction?

·        Are you looking for ways to strengthen your collection and programming to meet these new needs?

·        How can you help students and their parents understand the Common Core standards and find resources related to it?

One of the exciting aspects of the new Common Core standards is their emphasis on nonfiction, which is better than ever for young people. This gives public libraries a great opportunity to highlight their nonfiction holdings and integrate them into programming, booklists, and more. Public libraries can also be instrumental in guiding students and their parents through the maze of information about the standards and what they mean.

During this webinar, participants will learn ways to improve and promote their nonfiction collections, especially in the areas of science and history. The program will review Common Core text complexity guidelines and introduce resources related to the standards.

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

·        Be able to identify ways to strengthen nonfiction collections for Common Core

·        Be familiar with Common Core text complexity concepts

·        Be able to articulate four ways to help parents and their children with the Common Core

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff working with children and Young Adults, literacy staff and volunteers, school librarians, directors, principals, library assistants, library school students, teachers, and reading teachers.

For more information and to participate in the December 3 webinar, go to

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

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:

Site Updates

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