I am honored that the California Senate Rules Committee voted to
formally recommend to the full Senate my confirmation as State
Librarian of California on April 20, 2005.
I am also pleased to report that, on May 2, 2005, the Senate
voted unanimously (37-0) to accept the Rules Committee’s
recommendation. I look
forward to continuing to work at the local, state and national
levels on behalf of not just the California State Library but also all
California’s libraries and those who work in the library
State Librarian of California, Susan Hildreth
Spring’s warmer weather has made my work particularly enjoyable
as I’ve traveled around the country representing
California’s library community at regional and national
conferences and meetings. I
had a great trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where I met with the
Western Council of State Librarians (which includes all the state
library agencies west of the Mississippi) and participated in an
informative training session on digitization efforts in neighboring
I came back just in time to welcome librarians and library
supporters to the California Library Association Annual Legislative
Day in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 20.
Legislative Day is a great way to ensure our state
legislators know that libraries are important!
It was a wonderful coincidence that my confirmation hearing
with the Senate Rules Committee was scheduled for the same day.
I appreciate all those Legislative Day attendees who took
time out of their schedules to stop by the hearing and voice their
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The first week of May was busy as I traveled to Washington, DC to
attend the quarterly meeting of the Chief Officers of the State
Library Agencies (COSLA) and to participate in the American Library
Association Legislative Days. Our
large California delegation was able to see both our Senators and
most of our House members or staff during an exciting and exhausting
While in Washington I learned that I had been elected
President-elect of the Public Library Association for which I will
serve as President from July 2006 through June 2007.
Through this important role, I believe that I can nationally
highlight the great work in California public libraries and also
help our libraries move forward in the 21st century.
I hope you enjoy the diverse topics in CSL Connection’s
summer 2005 issue. As always, we welcome your feedback.