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

Update from the State Librarian

Greetings everyone. I have enjoyed a fall full of travel and activities.  Please read on!

My September agenda included visits to library sites and events throughout California. Early in the month I joined my learned colleagues at the UCLA Research Forum for which we provided input to UCLA doctoral students investigating a research agenda for public libraries.  On September 9th I attended the opening of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, a renovated and expanded building that the community clearly loves – huge numbers of people attended the gala event.  On September 14th we had an informative Library of California Board meeting in Sacramento where Ruth Metz, library consultant and former CLSA system director, introduced the California State Library’s (CSL’s) efforts to determine new models for question answering.  September 15th I was pleased to attend the donor reception at the newly renovated and expanded Carmichael Library in Sacramento.  (I was involved in wiring Carmichael’s building for the Internet in the early 90’s, and can attest to the vast improvement!)

I next zipped down to West Hollywood and joined Margaret Todd, County of Los Angeles library director, in welcoming attendees to the annual Book Fair, an event that boasted a huge audience and many great authors.  I then attended the Diversity Summit sponsored by UCLA on September 18th.  Like the Research Forum, the Summit featured outstanding professionals and students who brainstormed methods for achieving the diversity so vital for library success in our multicultural communities. I topped off my September with the fabulous opening of Monterey County‘s Castroville Branch, a building set in the civic plaza, and truly the heart of that community.

Traveling far outside California in October, I began the month in Little Rock, Arkansas to attend the fall continuing education meeting of the Chief Officers of the State Library Agencies (COSLA) during which we had a great discussion on The World is Flat (Thomas A. Friedman) and what it means for libraries. The COSLA group also had a wonderful tour and dinner at the Clinton Presidential Library. 

California State Library, Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building facade.

California State Library, Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building facade.
 

In mid-October, I took advantage of the Western Council of State Libraries’ (all state libraries west of the Mississippi ) fall meeting in Honolulu where I spent the pre-meeting weekend enjoying Waikiki.  Imagine my surprise when I awoke on Sunday, October 15th to a 6.7 earthquake!  The power was off until 10 pm in Honolulu so the stores and restaurants were closed all day, creating cranky tourists. The Council’s meeting went on without incident and I saw many wonderful public libraries on Oahu.  Stephen Abrahm, SirsiDynix Vice-President for Innovation, was our keynote speaker and challenged us to rock our world – in step with the earthquake experience. 

On October 19th, I attended the annual Open House at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, a wonderful center that provides diverse services to the visually impaired. That day I also attended the 50th anniversary celebration for California Literacy in Pasadena. 

Back in Sacramento in late October, I was honored to host library school students from the Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco Public Libraries who are participating in the Urban Libraries Council Scholars program. These students meet regularly to learn more about the profession, their institutions and to develop their own network.  I was lucky to interact with library school students again when I was a guest in Dave Genesy’s public policy class at San Jose State University.

My November began with the grand opening of the City of Alameda Main Library. Though rainy that day, Alameda locals were out in force to see their beautiful new library that has been planned for over 30 years.  I then scooted down to San Jose again to participate in the San Jose School of Library and Information Science Advisory Committee, members of which include industry representatives, library practitioners, faculty and students who give Dean Ken Haycock and his staff strategic advice on their program. While at the university, I attended the annual Lazerow Lecture and again had the pleasure of hearing the irreverent Stephen Abrahm.

On November 8th, I hosted a reception in my office for attendees at the Harvard Library Design Seminar.  California was fortunate to be the first non-Harvard site for this unique learning opportunity.  Finally, many of you enjoyed a look at the State Librarian’s office when you visited during the CLA reception that the CSL Foundation and Infopeople generously sponsored.  It was great to see all of you at that fun event.

In December I am sure I will be on the road again but I am most excited to participate in a summit, convened by American Library Association President Leslie Burger.  This meeting to develop a National Legislative Agenda for libraries will be held December 10 -11th in Washington, DC. I applaud Leslie’s efforts in convening this summit and will provide you with details on the outcomes in the spring 2007 edition of CSL Connection.

Hope you all have a great holiday season and best in 2007. 


Table of Contents

Update from the State Librarian

A look at the November CLA reception at the California State Library

California State Library volunteers busy at the 2006 Governor's Conference for Women

State Spotlight: Peace Officer Standard and Training (POST) Library, Clearinghouse and Resources

Californiana for the Young & Young at Heart: A Special Exhibition of Books for Children with a California Theme at the California State Library

California Research Bureau leads environmental field trip to Klamath River

California State Library supports Local History Digital Resources Project thanks to LSTA

Braille and Talking Books Library now offers digital books

New and renovated library openings around the state

CCHE supports famous Sierra Train restoration

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