CLA & SCLLN Professional Development Day

Hello SCLLNers!

I know you’ve been receiving information about CLA and the Literacy preconference, and the SCLLN board would like add our encouragement to you to attend.

Part of what SCLLN does each year is coordinate a literacy conference and professional development. This year, our professional development training will be a part of CLA’s preconference in Long Beach on Sunday, November 3rd from 1:30-4:30pm with 2 great sessions for all. Registration for the preconference is required, but a conference registration is not. Your price is lower this year, due to the fact that we are a part of CLA.

The preconference is open to all interested in Literacy Services, whether or not you attend the conference itself. We hope you will stay for CLA, but it is not required to attend the preconference. Visit the conference website at to register. Early bird registration ends this Friday, August 30th, so don’t delay!

Clamoring for Service Excellence! California Library Literacy Programs: Let’s Make Some Noise!

Sunday, November 3, 1:30PM – 4:30PM

$60 non-CLA members; $45 CLA members; $30 student members

This lively pre-conference will focus on two key topics:

Raising the Roof for Tutor Training: An interactive panel discussion of the pros and cons of various approaches to tutor training. Experts in the various delivery methods will highlight their successful (and not-so-successful) experiences as well as sharing tips for orchestrating positive changes into your program. The panel will include traditional face-to-face training, led by Jerry Edwards, Literacy Services Supervisor, Santa Fe Springs City Library; “Just in Time” training, led by Cherall Weiss, Literacy Coordinator, Newport Beach Public Library; on-line training; and a “hybrid” or combined delivery.

Moderated by Carla Lehn, CLLS. Carla’s well-versed passion regarding the vital role of quality training for volunteers is sure to stimulate rich insights.

Let the Rumpus Begin! Building a Better Collection: A dynamic discussion by librarians, literacy professionals and book sellers about how to build a strong literacy collection. Included will be tips on weeding, how to buy appropriate materials and how best to shelve in order to make your collection as useable, meaningful and friendly as it can be.

Moderated by Beatriz Sarmiento, Commerce Public Library. As always, Beatriz promises to be a moderator fully engaged in the topic.

Reminder of some additional information you should have seen a time or two by now: J

THE MORNING OF THE PRECONFERENCE: Carla Lehn will be hosting the new CLLS Literacy Coordinators and Library Directors’ Orientation! If you’re a new coordinator, staying for the preconference will be well worth your while and if you’re a more seasoned coordinator, not only will the preconference be of great interest, but you’ll likely get to meet some of our new colleagues!

REGISTRATION & SIGN-UP DETAILS: Take a look at the online preliminary program and consider attending the full conference – lots of great sessions, events, and speakers have been lined up! Another option is to register for the preconference and purchase an Exhibits Pass for that Sunday so you can join in the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall (browse the vendors in a fun and festive atmosphere) which will take place immediately following the literacy preconference.

But wait, there’s more! Sign up for the CLA Awards Gala on Sunday night and be present as our 2013 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy is honored! The theme for the Awards Gala is Prom Night – put on your party shoes and plan to stay for the dancing! Or if dancing is where it’s at for ya – you can arrange to come just for the dancing! See the details in the online program.

AND DETAILS ABOUT THE CONFERENCE! On Monday, the conference kicks off with Keynote Speaker, Henry Rollins, and the programs and poster sessions get underway. Our Literacy Interest Group meeting will take place simultaneously along with the other Interest Group meetings (something new this year) on Monday at 5pm. Along with direct literacy-based offerings, throughout the conference there are a wealth of related offerings – advocacy, volunteerism, marketing, management, programming, outreach, and the conference always presents a great place to explore the larger world of the library. With a glance at the program, you’ll see some of our fellow CLLS colleagues who will be presenting including: Judy Klikun, San José Public Library (Here’s the Money: Cultivating Individual Donors for Your Library), Stephanie Allen, Sacramento Public Library (Adult Literacy at the Community College: Creating a Successful Partnership) and Marian Thatcher, Sacramento Public Library (Free Websites for Literacy Tutoring). And of course, our Carla Lehn!

All this and also some great fun with crowd-pleasing events such as the Scavenger Hunt and the Battledecks/Talent Show competition. And even beyond – perhaps most importantly – all the rich discussions and fun exchanges that happen spontaneously whenever we get to be together!

Hope you’re planning to be there! With all the rallying and efforts contributed through CLA these last years surrounding funding for Literacy at the state level, it seems this year is a great year for Literacy to very much have an energetic and very visible presence at the conference! Keep in mind, you can use your CLLS funds to help get you there – a terrific investment for your program, your staff, and you! Early Bird rates are in effect until August 30th at 5pm.

C’mon Literacy, Let’s Make Some Noise together!

You’ll be hearing more about the conference in the months to come and can find more details here: but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Diane Moseley

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