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.
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.
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.
On September 29, 2014, at 11 AM Pacific, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will offer the fifth in a series of free webinars for public librarians about immigration and U.S. citizenship.
This webinar will focus on USCIS ELIS, the electronic immigration system. The webinar will help librarians understand the functionality of USCIS ELIS, the technology needs of customers accessing USCIS ELIS, and resources available to assist customers with using USCIS ELIS. As USCIS transitions to a fully electronic application process, more people may visit libraries to access USCIS services online.
You must register to attend this session.
To register for this session, please follow the steps below:
• Visit the registration page to confirm your participation;
• Enter your email address and select “Submit”;
• Select “Subscriber Preferences”;
• Select the “Event Registration” tab;
• Provide your full name and organization; and
• Complete the questions and select “Submit.”
All registrations must be received by Friday, September 26. Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
Location: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Fee: $25 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
The Future of Libraries 10.0 is the latest in an annual series of one-day conferences which highlight innovations taking place in libraries today. This year’s conference theme will be Libraries Fostering Communities, with the following sessions and planned speakers:
Pop-Up Libraries and Programs: Big Lift Little Libraries (Nicole Pasini, San Mateo County), PULSE /Pop-Up Libraries for Everyone (Lisa Harris, Alameda County Library), Pop Up Story Times (Cheryl Lee, formerly of Palo Alto City Library), Bike Library (Mana Tominaga, Oakland Public Library)
ESL Conversation Clubs: Mountain View (Emily Weak), Santa Clara City (Hilda Lopez), Sunnyvale (Christine Mendoza)
Mobile Self-Publishing (Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library)
Bicycle Programs: Bike Fix-it Station (Paul Sims, Mountain View Public Library), Bike Tours (Michele Rowic, San Jose Public Library)
Seed Libraries (Sally Thomas, Hayward Public Library, and a community volunteer)
SoundSwell Local Music Project (Diane Cowen, Santa Cruz Public Libraries)
Reverse Required Reading (Jennifer Laredo, Los Gatos Public Library): encouraging influential adults in the community to connect with teens through teen literature
For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=530 .
June 20, 2014
TO: CLA MEMBERS/ SYSTEMS/ NETWORK CONTACTS
FROM: Mike Dillon, CLA Lobbyist
Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyist
RE: News From the Capitol
GOVERNOR SIGNS 2014-15 BUDGET – LIBRARY MONEY IS PROTECTED
Shortly before 10 a.m. this morning, Governor Jerry Brown joined new Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at a Budget signing event in San Diego. Before members of the press, the Governor signed SB 852, the main Budget bill, which contains new funding to enact the Governor’s plan to connect public libraries to a high-speed, broadband backbone operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), as well as new funding for the California Library Services Act and the state literacy program. We are grateful to the Governor, the legislature and CLA members and supporters who wrote letters, participated in Day In the District, and made personal calls to legislators this year.
The Governor also released a formal summary document and a list of very modest veto items, as there had been great collaboration between the legislative leaders and the Governor in crafting this year’s 2014-15 Budget. The summary document notes the following good news for public libraries:
· High-Speed Internet Access – the Budget includes $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.
· One-time Local Assistance Funding – The Budget includes $3 million General Fund for local library programs, including $1 million for literacy programs.”
In the case of the second bullet, this funding will be added on to the existing baseline for the California Library Services Act and the literacy program. You will note that the Governor’s document makes reference to the Local Assistance Funding being “one-time” in nature. Technically, all items in the annual Budget bill are “one-time” in nature unless there is agreement that they be ongoing appropriations. Since the Governor has made it clear that he wants to proceed with great prudence as the economy continues to stabilize, we believe this is why he has characterized the new money as “one-time” in nature. During the Fall, CLA will work actively to make our case as to why the new money should be continued in subsequent Budgets.
Berkeley is recruiting for a new Director of Library Services. See the job announcement here.
Berkeley Public Library