About CCLA

From Education Code Title 1, Division 1, Part 11, Chapter 6, Article 3, Section 19168Annual convention of County Librarians. The State Librarian shall annually call a convention of County Librarians, to assemble at such time and place as he deems most convenient, for the discussion of questions pertaining to the supervision and administration of the county free libraries, the laws relating thereto, and such other subjects affecting the welfare and interest of the county free libraries as are properly brought before it. All County Librarians shall attend and take part in the proceedings of the convention. The actual and necessary expenses of the County Librarians attending the convention shall be paid out of the county free library fund.

CCLA is a registered 501(c)4 Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation. As such the organization serves County Librarians in California and helps to organize their annual meeting with the State Librarian. The organization does not serve as a charitable, fundraising organization. The CCLA membership and board may approve and submit statements regarding legislative issues and items.

CCLA is a CSAC (California State Association of Counties) Affiliate Member.

CCLA Board 2022-23

The following Board Members were elected to two year terms ending December 31, 2023:

President – Nancy Schram, Library Director, Ventura County Library, nancy.schram@ventura.org, 805-256-8535

Vice President – Mary George, Library Director, Placer County Library

Secretary/Treasurer – Carolyn Brooks, Director of Library Services, County of El Dorado Library

Legislative Liaison – VACANT

Immediate Past President – Migell Acosta, Library Director, San Diego County Library

CCLA ANNUAL MEETING: The 2022 Annual Meeting with the State Librarian was held as a hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting on Friday June 3, 2022 from 3-4 p.m. Thank you to everyone who participated.

INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS: Articles of incorporation were first adopted by CCLA on December 2, 1978. They were amended on December 6, 1983, and again on May 5, 1992. Current Articles of Incorporation were adopted in 2018.

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

As adopted in 2018

I. The name of the corporation is the California County Librarians Association (CCLA)

II. This corporation is a non-profit Mutual Benefit Corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law. The purpose of this corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity, other than credit union business, for which a corporation may be organized under such law.

The specific purpose of this corporation is to:

  • Promote unity and efficiency among County Librarians in the State of California and to act as a forum for sharing knowledge and information among the members of this Association utilizing the resources of the County Libraries of the State of California.
  • Consult with, advise, and make recommendations to the California State Library, California Library Association, California Library Services Board, California Library Cooperative Systems, departments, boards, commissions, and officials of federal, state, and local governments; the legislature; and any other organization, agency, or association in establish laws, regulations, and procedures on matters affecting California’s County Libraries collectively and individually.
  • Participate in the development, promotion, or opposition of legislation by direct contact with the State Legislature, Congress, and their respective staffs as appropriate.
  • Promote the important role that California’s County Libraries play in their respective communities. Encourage the robust funding of California’s County Libraries and share best practices for efficient and innovative library services. Encourage the sharing of library operational resources among counties.
  • Promote professional development of the membership of the Association.

BYLAWS

CALIFORNIA COUNTY LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION
A 501(C)(4) CORPORATION

  1. This body shall be called the California County Librarians Association. It shall consist of each of the county library directors holding office in the various county libraries of California and the State Librarian of California, ex-officio. It is incorporated as a Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation.
  2. The purpose for which this Association is formed is to raise the level of library
    service rendered by county government in California. The Association provides a forum where county librarians in the various counties can come together to discuss mutual problems, share experiences, and formulate program improvements. The Association serves in a liaison capacity to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), to the State Librarian of California, and to the Advocacy & Legislation Committee of the California Library Association (CLA) on legislation and other matters relating to county library service. The Association initiates and reviews legislation pertaining to county libraries and otherwise furnishes information and advisory service to legislative bodies. The Association gathers and disseminate[s] information relating to county libraries. The Association stimulates greater public interest in and civic consciousness of the importance and significance of county libraries and library services.
  3. This Association shall meet for business purposes at least once per year at the call
    of the President, or at the call of the California State Librarian acting under the provisions of the State Education Code [Education Code Title 1, Division 1, Part 11, Chapter 6, Articles 1-3, Sections 19100-19180]. Additional meetings may be called by the President. At least five (5) days notice of all meetings shall be given to each member. Votes may be made as per section seven (7).

A quorum for all business shall consist of twenty (20) members of the Association. All votes shall be recorded in the minutes. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all meetings.

County Librarians may designate an Alternate to attend and vote in their place, provided they present the President with a written letter naming the Alternate no later than the convening of the meeting.

4. The Association shall biennially elect from its members a President, Vice­President/President-elect, and Secretary/Treasurer to a two (2) year terms of office. These officers shall, along with the Immediate Past President, constitute an Executive Board to assist the President in administering the Association. Terms of office shall be January 1 to December 31.

The President shall preside at all meetings, call special meetings, appoint committees, sign all documents, and generally perform all duties associated with that office. The Vice President/President­ elect shall act in the absence of the President. The Secretary/ Treasurer shall keep a record of the proceedings of the Association, maintain a membership roster, and shall keep accurate accounts of monies received and expended on behalf of the Association and shall render to the membership an annual statement of financial condition.

5. The Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in elective office except that of President, the person so elected by the Executive Board to serve the unexpired term. In case of vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President/President­ elect shall discharge the duties of the office for the balance of the term.

6. An annual membership dues shall be collected from each member. The amount of these dues shall be determined by the membership.

7. Email, audio/video conference and/or postal votes on matters of substance may be taken when necessary.

8. Committees may be appointed by the President for such specific purposes as the Association may require. Such committees shall serve until the completion of the work for which they were appointed.

9. These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Association with a quorum present, by a majority present, providing the amendment was stated in the call for the meeting. Any part of these bylaws may be suspended temporarily by a unanimous vote of the Association members present at any meeting.

NOTICE: Any opinions expressed within this website and by CCLA membership in the course of their work on behalf of CCLA reflect personal views as individual members of the California County Librarians Association, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of any County, City, Library Governing Board, Library Commission or Library Advisory Board in the State of California. The work of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Legislative Liaison as well as the entire membership of the California County Librarians Association generally benefits the interests of California’s county library systems.