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CONNECTION ~ Issue 37, February 2004
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State Librarian Update

Susan Hildreth, State Librarian of California
State Librarian of California, Susan Hildreth

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 field.

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 states.

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 support.

Library and Courts II 
at 900 N Street in Sacramento

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 two days.

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.

Table of Contents

California State Library's Public Library Director Orientation

State Librarian and Arts Council Director team-up on National Public Radio

Salinas Library Update

California Wildflowers on display at the California State Library

State Spotlight

World Language Collection

Tiny north state community pulls together and wins big grant

Radio Works!

Compelling literacy posters available online

The Twix Dilemma: The Quest for a Streamlined Sales Tax

Endowment Board awards 13 at May 18 meeting

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