My name is Jane Lofton, your new State President Elect. I am very honored, excited, and, yes, more than a little nervous, to be taking on this position. I accepted this challenge because I believe passionately in the importance of school libraries for our students, and in CSLA’s vital role in advocacy and professional development for those of us who work at and teach in California school libraries. I got active in CSLA very soon after I entered the school library field in 2002. I did so because I was so impressed with the professional development I received from the organization. I wanted to become involved and give something back to this association that gave me so much. What I have found since then, though, is that the more active I become, the more I actually receive myself.
As your President Elect, my major role this year will be assisting our awesome President, Pam Oehlman: preparing for the presidency next year; and planning our next annual conference in November 2012 in San Jose. I am happy to announce that our 2012 Conference theme will be “School Libraries Link Learners.” We help our students to become lifelong learners because of our own passion for lifelong learning; both our we and our students are always learners, discovering new ideas, learning new skills, and expanding our imaginations each and every day. Please stand by for information coming very soon about our conference dates, location, and participation opportunities. In the meantime, please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in participating in the planning team.
In case you would like to know a little more about me, I’m sharing a Prezi presentation I created in Fall of 2010 when I began my current position as Teacher Librarian at Mira Costa High School and have just updated a bit: