Dear California Library Community:

I am happy and excited to announce the theme of our next California Library Association conference: Renaissance: The Library Renewal.

The last few months have been interesting ones. I cannot remember a time when a large number of libraries, let alone almost all libraries, in the state had to shut down at one time. We have all been through various disasters – fires, floods. earthquakes, even drastic funding cuts – where our primary goal was to get materials and services back to our users. But our response to the COVID-19 crisis, and all that has followed, has been different from anything we have ever done before.

Our 2020 Conference, the theme of which reflected two of what should have been the biggest events of the year -- the census and the presidential election – could not be held this year. After much thought, the 2021 Conference was moved ahead from the usual Fall dates, to May 6-8. This conference will honor how we are having to reevaluate and reinvent ourselves – libraries, library staff, library vendors, library support groups, and library users. Our Conference Chairs will be Dolly Goyal, of San Mateo County Libraries, and Nicole Pasini, of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture.

This is a conference of hope and fun, because who doesn’t need hope and fun at a time like this? Please stay tuned for our calls for proposals, award nominations, volunteers, etc.

My deepest gratitude to our CLA President Hillary Theyer and her 2020 Conference team for all the hard work they put into planning and for all the support they have given the 2021 team.

As always, CLA is here to serve and represent all of you, and I hope you will be able to participate in the conference as presenters, attendees, supporters, or simply as beneficiaries.

Jayanti Addleman
CLA Vice President/President Elect 2021