Library Construction Bond Bill Passes First Committee. Your Letters Needed!
The bill is sponsored by CLA, and passed out of the Committee after some discussion on a vote of 5 “ayes” (Chairwoman Liu, Correa, Hancock, Hueso and Monning) to 0 “noes,” and 4 “not voting or absent” (Galgiani, Block, Huff, and Wyland). Armed with this information, the Senate Education Committee argued, the legislature would be in a better position to understand the current, specific needs of California’s public libraries. Senator DeSaulnier also agreed to amendments that would place the bond on the 2016 ballot, rather than the 2014 ballot. [read more]
A Message From California's New State Librarian Greg Lucas!
I wanted to briefly introduce myself and say thanks for the welcome and encouragement I’ve received from California’s library community. I’m excited by the chance to help advance literacy and draw attention to the contributions of libraries and librarians throughout the state. The State Library is an amazing, 164-year-old institution whose staff shares a commitment to California’s past and its future. [read more]
Advocacy Feedback and Comments Regarding the LAO Report on the Library Broadband Proposal
Legislative Update Report from the Dillons: As your lobbyists, we want to thank CLA members and library supporters at all levels for your. We had asked you to weigh in with CLA Legislative Chair, Laura Seaholm after the conclusion of your meetings, to give her a report about the feedback you received from your legislators on issues such as the CLA broadband proposal, SCA 7-Wolk (55% for bonds and special taxes), and SB 1455-DeSaulnier (library construction bond). Laura forwarded those reports to our office and we were so pleased to see the volume of responses and the quality discussions held during your meetings. We were very impressed! [read more]
CLA Board Response to State Librarian Nomination
As many of you learned yesterday, Governor Brown has appointed Greg Lucas— political writer/reporter/blogger and long-time Sacramento resident—to be the new California State Librarian. The CLA Board is quite encouraged that Governor Brown has now focused on the State Library and California libraries at a time when critical work is underway, including broadband needs assessment; analysis of statewide library capital needs; and management of the recently renovated State Library. A seasoned political observer, Mr. Lucas should quickly see the implications and importance of these projects. We hope to work with him to further the cause of libraries throughout the state. [read more]
PUBLIC LIBRARY BROADBAND PROPOSAL TO GO BEFORE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEES IN APRIL – LETTERS NEEDED
Governor Brown’s January Budget contains $2.25 million in proposed new, ongoing funding to connect all public libraries to a statewide, high-speed broadband network operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). The budget also proposes that an additional $1 million in one-time money be used for grants for those public libraries that may need assistance with the purchase of circuits or other hardware, etc. This funding and policy issue has been scheduled for hearing in the Budget Subcommittees on Education Finance next month at the State Capitol and we need your help! [read more]