IMLS Webinar "Immigration and Naturalization 101"!
**POSTPONED** On Thursday, December 12, at 12:30 Eastern Time (9:30 Pacific), the Institute for Museum and Library Services will hold the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship issues. The webinar series was developed as part of a federal partnership between IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate, reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. The webinar is titled “Immigration and Naturalization 101.” Those presenting include Susan Hildreth, IMLS Director; Rachel Ellis, Branch Chief of the Customer Access Branch, Public Engagement Division, USCIS; and Haleh Holly Taghavi, Management and Program Analyst, Public Engagement Division, USCIS. For information on how to participate… [read more]
California Libraries Provide Over 21,000 Meals to Hungry Kids!
Public libraries in Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego provided summer meals and literacy activities for hungry children and teens this summer. The libraries were part of the California Library Association (CLA)’s and California Summer Meal Coalition (CSMC)’s SummerLunch at the Library program, which was developed to keep kids healthy and engaged while school is out. Summer Lunch at the Library is modeled on the successful partnership between Oakland Public Library, the City of Oakland, and Alameda County Food Bank. Similar programs also took place in Chula Vista, San Francisco, Tulare County and other communities in 2013. [read more]
CLA Resolution On Privacy Rights and Open Government
Over the last few months, the CLA Board has had numerous conversations about ways it could engage in supporting the privacy and intellectual freedom rights of library users and the public at large in light of this summer's revelations about the United States Government's activities to broadly collect data concerning the private communications of American citizens. As time goes on, more and more information is coming out regarding the depth of the government's programs to spy on its own citizens, disregarding the spirit if not the actual letter of the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. [read more]
California Public Libraries Collect Over 40,000 Pounds of Food For Hungry Families!
This summer, public libraries across California partnered with local area food banks to collect food for those in need. Together, libraries collected 40,000 pounds of food, exceeding the original target of 10,000 pounds of food by 300%. The food drives were spearheaded by the California Library Association (CLA). In response to the rising number of Americans dealing with food insecurity, the Acquire A Taste for Giving program encouraged libraries to create partnerships with local food banks, hold summer food drives, run food-for-fines programs, and highlight issues relating to hunger in America. [read more]
Call For Volunteers!
Please join your fellow CLA members in making the California Library Association an even stronger organization. CLA is the voice of staff, supporters and advocates of California libraries, but it is only as strong as we make it. Please consider joining a CLA committee next year.This is your chance to serve your profession and play a vital role in strengthening libraries throughout California. You will be work with your peers to create professional development and networking opportunities and will find some of your own! Your institution also benefits as its staff develops leadership skills and creates programming that in turn enhances patron services. There is plenty of room for you to be involved at CLA. If you are interested please let us know by completing our committee application form at your earliest convenience. [read more]