Lessons in Influence from Washington D.C.

Please join us for a workshop with Stephanie Vance, noted advocacy guru and author of Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government, on innovative and fun approaches to advocacy. Attendees will learn how authentic passion and compelling messages get you to “yes”; how federal, state, and local policies directly impact CLA members and the California community; and how CLA supporters can advocate effectively for policy changes that will benefit their communities. This comprehensive workshop will also include the four keys of getting a message heard by elected officials: (i) knowing what you want, who to talk to, how to approach them, and how to follow up; (ii) developing strong messages that resonate with policymakers; (iii) the power of constituency, or why elected officials actually pay attention to community and business leaders; and (iv) the importance of follow-up and continuing advocacy efforts throughout the year, including the key to good site visits and in-district visits, being an ongoing resource, and understanding what legislators and opinion leaders can REALLY do for you. Ticketed event.

Title: Photo credit: Aaron Clamage

Photo credit: Aaron Clamage


Stephanie D. Vance, also known as the “Advocacy Guru”, is the author of five books including Citizens in Action: A Guide to Influencing Government and the recently released The Influence Game. She’s a 25 year veteran of Washington, D.C. political scene and has held positions as a lobbyist, grassroots consultant and Congressional aide.

Ms. Vance holds a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University. She lives and works in Washington D.C.

Thursday, November 5 | 9:00am-12pm

Non-member: $60
Member: $45
Student member: $30

Introduction to Serials Cataloging with RDA

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the new cataloging standard designed to replace AACR2.  This Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop, part of the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program, will offer an introduction to cataloging serials with RDA. It will cover RDA and CONSER standards, RDA core elements and terminology, transcribed versus recorded elements, new or revised areas of information, and creation of new records and serial maintenance. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Access to the PowerPoint presentation will be given to participants ahead of the workshop via email.  Ticketed event.


Valerie Bross has performed CONSER cataloging at UCLA as a member of the ERM/Continuing Resources Cataloging Team of the UCLA Cataloging & Metadata Center since 1998. Beginning in 2003, she has served as a trainer in the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP); and she participated in the most recent revision of the Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop.

Becky Culbertson, electronic resources cataloging librarian at the University of California San Diego, is part of the California Digital Library’s Shared Cataloging Program and a recipient of the 2015 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. She has been an active contributor to CONSER and Program of Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) task groups and has chaired the PCC Standing Committee on Standards since 2009. Through her work with the PCC, Becky has contributed to the development of such widely used standards as the PCC BIBCO Standard, PCC CONSER Standard, PCC Provider-Neutral Standard, LC-PCC Policy Statements and PCC Vendor Records Guidelines.  She played a key role in updating these and other standards to accommodate the new cataloging code, Resource Description and Access (RDA).

Thursday, November 5 | 9:00am-4:15pm

Non-member: $90
Member: $70
Student member: $45

Expect More Speaker Series

This workshop will be an interactive session on fulfilling the Mission of Librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation within our communities. Session presenters will guide participants through planning practical means of incorporating community expertise into everyday library service. This includes identifying community passions, building programs around these passions, and turning community members into advocates for libraries. Presenters will also model conversations with the community. The end of the session will focus on overcoming obstacles to community-centered librarianship such as staffing, budgeting, and cultural resistance. How do things like self-checkout, automated materials handling, and RFID systems free librarians to focus on the true collection of any library – the communities they serve? Come find out. Ticketed event.


R. David Lankes is professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. A passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society, he also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries.

Lori Bowen Ayre is a nationally recognized expert in automated materials handling, RFID, library workflow optimization, and open source library system software.

Cheryl Gould is a learning facilitator who combines a deep understanding of how we learn with social cognitive neuroscience research and the skills of improvisation to build competencies, create relationships, and allow people to think in new ways.

Thursday, November 5 | 1:15pm-4:15pm
Non-member: Free
Member: Free
Student member: Free

Sponsored by Tech Logic

How to Build the Career You Want

Ever wonder why you didn’t land that job? How you can effectively interview? Or how to navigate through a career transition? Please join us for a workshop focusing on career development, job searching, interviewing skills, networking, and the importance of professional association activity. Whether seeking a position due to a layoff, a recent graduate, or in career transition, this workshop will offer tips and tools that will help you reinvent yourself to find the career match you are passionate about even in times of change.

Leading librarians will provide presentations and interactive experiences to give you the skills you need to get the job and career that you want, and help you understand the importance of navigating organizational cultures, connecting to the right position, and gaining leadership expertise.

Ticketed event.

How to Build the career You Want PhotoPresenters:
  • Steve Brogden, Director of Library Services (ret. Oct 2014), Thousand Oaks Public Library
    Steve Brogden has over 35 years of administrative experience in libraries, the most recent as director of Thousand Oaks Library (2000-2014).  Although he retired in October of 2014, he has returned to his reference roots by working part-time at the reference desk at the Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands.  “I love what I’m doing now.  It returns me to my first love in libraries: working a public desk and helping people.”
  • Gina Catalano, Assistant Director User Experience, San Diego Law Library
    Gina Catalano is a graduate of California Western School of Law and holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  She has worked for the San Diego Law Library for nine years and currently holds the title of Assistant Director User Experience. Gina has experience leading change within her own organization as libraries learn to adapt to the digital age and shrinking budgets for staff and resources.
  • Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, and ALA Executive Board Member
    Peter Hepburn is Head Librarian at the College of the Canyons, a community college in Santa Clarita, California.  Prior to joining the college in 2013, he was Digitization Librarian and Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  He has held previous positions at UIC in Reference and Circulation.  Hepburn earned his MLIS from McGill University (Montreal) in 2000.  He is an active member of the American Library Association and currently holds a three-year elected term to the Executive Board of the association.  He has presented at state and national conferences on management and on digital projects.
  • Mary-Alexandra Smith, Librarian, Touro University Worldwide
    Mary-Alexandra Smith is Librarian for Touro University Worldwide, a nonprofit institution of high learning accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). She holds a Master’s degree in Information Science and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Content Management from the University of North Texas. She also serves on the University of North Texas College of Information Alumni Board as its California Representative and was inducted into Beta Phi Mu in August of 2013.
  • Michele A. L. Villagran, Lecturer and LIS Coordinator, University of North Texas
    Michele A. L. Villagran is Lecturer faculty member and LIS Coordinator for the University of North Texas College of Information, and an adjunct professor with Woodbury University College of Transdisciplinarity. Mrs. Villagran has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors including work in a public library, law firms, legal vendor, and a consulting firm. Additionally, she consults regularly on organizational diversity and conflict management. She earned her undergraduate degree in from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and her MLS and MBA from the University of North Texas. At Pepperdine University, she completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, her Masters of Dispute Resolution and is a Doctoral Candidate for Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence in law firm libraries.

Thursday, November 5 | 1:15pm-4:15pm

Non-member: $60
Member: $45
Student member: $30


Read — For the Win! Summer Reading 2016

Please join us at CLA’s annual summer reading training workshop! The workshop will showcase programming, decoration, and outreach ideas focusing on Sports and Games, the 2016 iREAD California summer reading theme. Come along for engaging presentations, small group discussions, hands-on crafts, and a display of summer reading materials and ideas from around the state. Ticketed event.

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Members of the California Summer Reading Advisory Council and iREAD

Thursday, November 5 | 1:15pm-4:15pm

Non-member: Free
Member: Free
Student member: Free

Sponsored, in part, by ScholarShare/TIAA-CREF

The California Summer Reading Challenge is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Successful Learning Environments for Adult Learners, and Exploring GED vs HiSET: Which Test is Right for your Learners?

Join library literacy colleagues from throughout the state for panel discussion and interaction on two key topics:

Successful learning environments for adult learners
Learning is ongoing–an everyday process.  In addition to one-to-one volunteer tutoring, some library literacy programs hold small group sessions with, larger classes, and online tutoring. How do you determine the “best” approach for each learner? How will you know when it’s time to move to another group or try another type of learning situation? And, how do you graduate someone from your program? A panel of literacy program experts, facilitated by Diane Moseley, Literacy Coordinator at the Huntington Beach Public Library, will lead an in-depth discussion.

Exploring GED vs HiSET-Which Test is Right for your Learners?
There is currently a lot of confusion about the HiSET exam and the GED. It would be natural to think that since both exams have the same outcome—receiving a high school equivalency credential—that the content of each test would be relatively similar or equivalent. But is that true? Are they both accepted equally by colleges? By employers? Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator for the Newport Beach Public Library, will lead a panel discussion to explore the differences in the tests and how to decide which one is right for your learners. Ticketed event.

  • Sherry Drobner, Ed.D serves as Director of LEAP for the City of Richmond. Sherry has been working in the field of adult literacy since 1988. Along with a great library team, she has introduced literacy programs into both the county jail and the juvenile hall in Alameda County. At LEAP she has introduced digital literacy for English and Spanish speakers as well as formalized the GED and College Bridge programs.
  • Valerie Hardie serves as director of READ/ San Diego, the San Diego Public Library’s innovative literacy program, which has been nationally recognized by both the American Library Association and the U.S. Department of Education. READ is acclaimed for its successful strategies to improve language skills among the estimated 444,000 low-literate adults in San Diego County. Its programs serve as a model for programming nationwide.
  • Arlene Mickley, President, Ed-Tex- a national organization of educational consultants and sales representatives for leading educational publishers, specializing in adult education.
  • Diane Moseley, Literacy Coordinator, Huntington Beach Public Library
  • Christine Nieto, CTB/McGraw-Hill’s TASC representative, holds a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction from Chapman University, and has over fifteen years experience working with educational entities to implement assessment and curricular programs. With the addition of TASC to the CTB assessment portfolio, Christine aids adult education entities in reviewing, implementing and training on the TASC assessment along the West Coast.
  • Sara Querubin, HiSET Director, is responsible for end-to-end client relationships with the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). She works directly with key state decision makers to ensure the full implementation and successful launch of the new product. She handles HiSET in California, American Samoa, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam, and Palau.
  • Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator, Newport Beach Public Library

Thursday, November 5 | 1:15pm-4:15pm

Non-member: $60
Member: $45
Student member: $30

Sponsored by CLA’s Literacy Interest Group.


Veterans Connect @ the Library

This pre-conference is an invitation-only workshop for the libraries involved in the Veterans Connect @ the Library LSTA Grant. The pre-conference meeting will begin at 11:30am Wednesday, November 4, with a Library of Congress Veteran History Project training, followed by a new grantee orientation and a working dinner. We will continue with an all day workshop on Thursday, November 5. The purpose of the all-day session will be for staff and volunteers from grant libraries to meet and discuss service by volunteers and staff through Veterans Resource Centers. This pre-conference will provide a unique opportunity for these libraries to learn from each other, renew enthusiasm, share with new libraries, and propose ideas to further improve service to veterans. For information, please contact Karen Bosch Cobb at karenboschcobb@infopeople.orgTicketed event.

Wednesday, November 4 | 4:00pm through evening
Thursday, November 5 | 8:15am-4:15pm

Free (invitation only).