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CONNECTION ~ Issue 47, Fall 2007
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State Librarian of California, Susan Hildreth
State Librarian of California,
Susan Hildreth

Update from the State Librarian

We have had quite a busy summer with much activity. At the American Library Association Annual Conference in late June in Washington, D.C., I completed my term as the Public Library Association (PLA) president with the exciting announcement that PLA has been awarded  $7.7 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide advocacy training using its new publication,  “Libraries Prosper with Passion, Purpose and Persuasion: A PLA Toolkit for Success.” Also, California continues to provide leadership to PLA as Jan Sanders, Pasadena Public Library Director, began her term as PLA President.  I know Jan will have a successful year. 

In July, Melinda (Mimi) Morris joined the California State Library (CSL) staff as the chief of Administrative Services.  Luckily Mimi had some time to learn the ropes from our retiring chief of Administrative Services Andrew St. Mary who had been with the library over 17 years and whose final day was Friday, September 28th.  With the retirements of Andrew and Cameron Robertson in April, much knowledge, expertise and history will be moving onto the golf course but we know that we can reach out to these happy (retired) gentlemen for assistance if need be!

In early August, we were very pleased to welcome our new Deputy State Librarian Stacey Aldrich. We had been eagerly awaiting Stacey’s arrival since her appointment this spring.  Fresh from Omaha, Nebraska, she was thrilled with the temperate weather in Sacramento. Sadly since this summer was rather cool, we had to tell her she has not yet experienced a typical Sacramento summer. Stacey will be working on several major initiatives, including statewide reference; and you will hear more from her in the future. Check out our interview with Stacey in this issue of CSL Connection.

Stacey is a veteran at the social networking activities outlined in Infopeople’s “23 Things” challenge.  At the California State Library, many of us are meeting that challenge.  As I work my way through the fun agenda, I am discovering that I am a “Library Thing” and “Twitter” fan and want to become comfortable with many more tools.


California State Library,
Library and Courts I

As some of you are aware, the State has funded a complete historic renovation of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building  (known as Library and Courts I or LCI) that includes many CSL service points and administrative offices.  If plans fall into place, and we know that is always challenging, all the inhabitants of the building, and all the materials in the building, will be relocated for a period of 18 - 24 months beginning in early 2009.   Some CSL staff and functions will relocate to our partner building Library and Courts II adjacent to LCI, and other staff and most of the collection will transferred to a very large facility hopefully close to downtown Sacramento where some public access to the collection will be available.  A project like this takes enormous planning efforts on the part of the Department of General Services and Courts and Library staff, thus planning activities have been in high gear since this summer. I will keep you posted as this project moves forward.

In early September I attended the 20th anniversary of the Benicia Public Library Literacy program.  I was especially pleased because I was the director of the library at the time the program began.  Many of our library literacy programs have been able to grow and expand over the years and become truly critical community/library partners.  On September 11th, I was pleased to attend the official naming ceremony at the Davis Branch Library. The library was named for long-tenured county librarian Mary Stephens who was my first boss and a great personal mentor.  My first job in California was as the Davis Branch manager so it was great for me personally to see that building named for such a dedicated public servant as Mary.

I attended the OCLC Directors Meeting in Pomona on September 12th and got an exciting glimpse of the future of electronic resources. It was great to see many new faces at the Public Library Directors Orientation on September 20 - 21 in Sacramento.  Participants, including assistant directors, system coordinators and other library managers, learned about the services provided by the CSL and were also able to network with their colleagues.  I was welcomed to Merced on September 24th by the League of Women Voters, a group undertaking a study of the county library that will hopefully result in enhanced services for residents county-wide.  I was honored to attend the opening of the Mendota Branch Library in Fresno County on September 28th.  This new facility, one of the projects funded by the Library Bond Act of 2000, was completed in less than fifteen months and will have a huge impact on this very diverse and economically challenged community. 

In October I am off to the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) conference in Glasgow, Scotland.  CILIP is the professional librarians’ organization in the British Isles and annually extends an invitation to the PLA’s president or past-president to attend their conference.  CILIP’s president will attend the PLA Annual Conference in March 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I will share my experiences in the next CSL Connection issue and check our blog for tales from Scotland.

Table of Contents

Update from the State Librarian

CSL Connection interview with Stacey Aldrich, new Deputy State Librarian

Stop by California State Library/Infopeople Booth at CLA!

CSL Connection interview with California’s Susan Patron, winner of 2007 ALA 
Newbery Award

Look at St. Mary career with State of California

New and renovated library openings around the state

Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP) outcomes

California State Library’s role as Regional Depository

Preserving California’s document heritage: a progress report

California Cultural and Historical Endowment project: 
Wiyot Tribe Sacred Ground project

California Civil Liberties Public Education Project (CCLPEP) sponsors film festival

State Spotlight: California Department of Conservation’s California Geological 
Survey Library

California Library Award news

Butte County Library Partners with First 5 Commission on ELF Initiative

Field Feedback

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