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CONNECTION ~ Issue 40, Fall 2005
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Update from the State Librarian

State Librarian of California,
Susan Hildreth

This fall issue of CSL Connection looks at how Californians of all ages and backgrounds benefit from learning in libraries and from library-sponsored programs. The issue shows readers how California State Library (CSL) projects, from the Tribal Libraries “Boot Camp,” to the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program to the LSTA-funded Live Homework Help (among many others!) help support Californians’ efforts to learn in today’s hectic culture.

I believe that the fall, when people come back inside, is a wonderful time for all of us who work in, and for, libraries to consider how we can make our libraries destinations – places for community members to meet and greet each other and share their thoughts and ideas. At the annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Chicago in June, I was proud to be a panel member of ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano’s program, “Library as Place.” The transcript of this program is available at A video is available as well on the ALA web site. I have also prepared an article about this topic for the California State Library Foundation Bulletin.

On August 3rd I enjoyed the second in my series of quarterly web casts thanks to the wonderful services of Infopeople. In that web cast I discussed the new initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Public Access Computing Hardware Upgrade Program (PAC HUG – how about that for an acronym!). I also reviewed the OCLC/Google project in which public library holdings are being made available through Google and other search engines. Another aspect of this project is the creation of the California Libraries Catalog on OCLC that contains over 15.8 million records representing the holding of over 1,200 libraries. Please visit the archived web cast.

State Capitol as seen from the 
California State Library

This summer, as well as traveling to Chicago for the ALA Conference in June, I was fortunate to be able to spend two weeks on vacation in Italy in July. This was my first two-week vacation in seven years and it was great. I came back to California and was very busy interviewing candidates for positions at the California State Library. In early August, I was able to participate in the exciting focus group discussion regarding an emergent literacy program being planned for fiscal year 06/07. This focus group was ably assisted by Phoenix Public Library’s Elaine Meyers, a national expert on emergent literacy. I also was able to attend, on August 13th, the dedication of the National City Public Library, the second Proposition 14 building to be completed.

In July, I was pleased to attend one of the reference focus groups sponsored by the California State Library in partnership with the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System. These focus groups on the future of first - and second - level reference services were held in locations from San Diego to Sacramento. Similar discussions were held last fall in the Bay Area. The report from these meetings is featured on our homepage or you may click directly on California Reference Service Focus Groups – First and Second Level Reference: Current Trends and Future Needs (PDF 258 KB).

These discussions represent one of the steps that the California State Library will be taking in the next year to determine the future of resource sharing in this electronic Internet age. In late November and early December, further discussions on the future of public library resource sharing and cooperative services will be held in a number of locations in the state. Maureen Sullivan, a library facilitator and consultant from Maryland, will lead these discussions. Maureen has worked in academic libraries and consulted with many library systems. Maureen will also prepare a report that will clarify topics for discussion at a stakeholders’ convocation that will be held sometime in 2006. I believe that it is critical for the California State Library to strategically plan how to provide and fund cooperative services in the 21st century. I would encourage you to attend these workshops.

On August 17th, I had elective foot surgery that derailed me a bit. I expect to be back to work at full capacity by the time you will be reading this edition of CSL Connection!

Table of Contents

Live Homework Help! makes the back to school experience easier for many California libraries

Customers can now search for library items via Google and Yahoo

State Spotlight:  California State Parks - History close to Libraries!

California State Library team members reach out to Native American Tribal Libraries and California's Native American population

Volunteers make the difference in the California State Library's Braille and Talking Book Library

Contra Costa County Library booth wins silver medal at State Fair

California Public Libraries to improve access to computers and the internet:
     Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will support hardware upgrades

Civil Liberties cemented in San Francisco's Japantown and 2004/2005 CCLPEP recipients

California Cultural and Historical Endowment funds agricultural history center in new Watsonville Library

Dudley Knox Library wins 2004 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year award

LSTA 2005/2006 Awards

California Library Association booth for the California State Library

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