Small dog with glasses at a computer
November 2018 Newsletter
Califa Has Landed in SF

After pulling up stakes in San Mateo, Califa has relocated to San Francisco. Nestled across the street from the Caltrain station, Califa’s new office shares walls with a number of small, start-up companies. We like the buzz of the city, as well as our location proximate to the train station, making it easy to visit us! Don’t be a stranger: 330 Townsend Street, Suite 133, San Francisco 94107.

Things have been busy at Califa! Following an organizational restructuring and a relocation, we are pleased to welcome new Assistant Director Veronda Pitchford . Veronda is well-known library advocate and leader and has been immersed in library consortia work, most recently as Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing at the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). For the past several years she has partnered with Califa to represent libraries at BookExpo, to co-chair the ASCLA ebook Interest Group (which she co-founded) and to help plan the ASCGLA eBook Summit that took place this past June at ALA. Veronda is a next-level collaborator and has cultivated effective and long lasting partnerships with publishers, vendors, libraries, library consortia, museums and national book industry organizations. She is an active ALA member and leader and has participated on many ALA Advisory Committees and Boards including United for Libraries, Center for the Future of Libraries, ALA Nominating Committee, and ALA Book Club Central.
Veronda has presented on ebook trends and innovation at Book Expo America (BEA), the American Library Association’s Public Library Association division (PLA) and the Library and Information Technology division (LITA), the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) and the Independent Book Publishers of America (IBPA). She has been singled out as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker and most recently won the 2018 American Library Association Cathleen Bourdon Service Award for her outstanding service and sustained leadership in ASCLA, the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. 
Veronda looks forward to collaborating with Califa members as she begins her work with Califa in November .
Califa Vendor Fair

If you’ve never been, the annual Vendor Fair is a great networking opportunity, as well as a rare opportunity to interface with vendors one on one. Hosted at the lovely Santa Clara University Library, this year’s event was attended by more than 100 people from libraries all over the San Francisco Bay Area and 22 vendors from across the country. Attendees connected over breakfast and coffee, before breaking away to attend one of 7 presentations. Lunch was enjoyed in the sunny courtyard, and gave staff a chance to converse and relax until the afternoon sessions began. Join us next year in sunny Santa Clara for an up-close-and-personal opportunity to explore new products and services for your library. And a free lunch!

Did you know that Califa offers members discounts on library conferences and continuing education? Internet Librarian, Computers in Libraries, and Library Juice Academy currently have special Califa member pricing, with more on the way. Let us know what you’d like to see added!
Member News
Send us your news! Got a grant? A new program? A job opening? 

Member Spotlight
Featured Member: Hemet Public Library
Library Director: Kathye Caines
How many people work at HPL, where is it located, and how many branches are there?The City of Hemet is located in the San Jacinto Valley about 85 Miles east of Los Angeles and 85 miles north of San Diego. Hemet Public Library, is a small 1 branch library, but mighty Library funded by the City of Hemet. Hemet is a community of 82,000 with 155,000 card holders. We have about 100,000 items in the collection with several ebook platforms, Cloud Library and RB digital and thanks to the State Library, we provide access to Enki ebooks as well. We also subscribe to Hoopla, Ebsco Host, Bibliotheca Cloud Library, Brainfuse, and New England Historical and Genealogical databases. Recently we have added the Historic Hemet News, through NewsBank. This is a digitization our local newspaper from 1898-1958, with more year to be added as we can afford them. 
Due to severe budget constraints, we are open 4 days a week, with a staff of 9 FTE. As a result, we rely heavily on technology. For instance, our library has an automated Checkout and return system, including DVDs. Over 90% of all circulation is done by our patrons. Last year, our circulation exceeded 441,000 items! We provide 24/7 access to patron requested items thanks to our Envisionware 24/7 Library located outside the library. We have 19 public access PCs available with multiple access points for the wireless user and we have an app for wireless printing as well. We are a part of CENIC and provide speeds up to 1 gigabyte. Our library provides passport acceptance service and has partnered with Riverside Transit Authority to provide an outlet to sell bus passes to the public. 

What are you most excited about at the libraries right now? Two years ago, we began a partnership with the Hemet Unified School District in order to place a library card in every student’s hand in order to make digital resources available to them. Currently, we have issued over 3000 digital resource library cards. Teachers are thrilled to be able to have access to Ebsco, and Brainfuse as well as enki books.
Our Library hosts preschool storytimes, winter and summer reading activities, In and Out reading program, and genealogy and computer classes along with craft programs for all ages.
Hemet Public Library also provides an adult literacy program. Currently we have 86 students and 30 tutors and we are always recruiting. Volunteering is an important feature to any library and we are no exception. Our volunteers range in age from 13-99. We average about 1900 volunteer hours a month, not bad for being open 152 hours monthly!

If HPL was a person, what would its favorite movie be, and why?
If the Hemet Public Library was human, I think that its favorite movie would be either We Bought a Zoo because we are small but achieve great things. Depending on the day, it could be One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, since all public libraries see and serve people with mental illness and people experiencing homelessness daily. We truly want to make a difference for everyone we interact with.
Featured Vendor

Vendor Rep: David Adimora

How did PressReader get its start?
It all began with a vision in 1999. We wanted to keep people connected to the stories they cared about, no matter where they found themselves. We started as a print-on-demand service. But as the tech world evolved, so did we and quickly transitioned from print to digital. Almost 20 years later, PressReader is now the world’s largest newspaper and magazine kiosk, with over 7,000 publications from more than 120 countries in over 60 different languages.
How many people work at PressReader, and where is it located?
PressReader’s HQ is located in Richmond, BC. While there are about 150 people at our Richmond office, we have another 300 employees working internationally out of our offices in Manila and Dublin, and countless other independent agents.
How is PressReader making the world a better place?
PressReader is making the world a better place by giving people seamless access to news that actually matters. By partnering with top publishers from around the world, PressReader makes it possible for readers to stay connected to news from home and from around the globe-- anywhere, anytime. Since publishers are paid a royalty for content consumed, we’re providing an innovative solution for a changing industry. Simply put, we offer creators of great content the opportunity to reach new audiences around the world through the library.
How many libraries are using PressReader? PressReader can be found in over 15,000 library locations globally.
If PressReader were a person, what would its favorite vacation spot be, and why?
If PressReader were a person, its favorite vacation spot would be...
Somewhere busy, with lots of people to meet, and see, and talk to.
Somewhere that recognizes the importance of the past, but remains forward-looking.
Somewhere that’s connected to and respected by the rest of the world.
Somewhere like Tel Aviv, Israel, Or Hong Kong.
Vendor Offers and News

BeeLine Reader is proud to announce that its technology has been adopted by Reading Is Fundamental and that it is an honoree at the UN Foundation Solutions Summit, which recognizes organizations whose work is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Congrats, Beeline!

BookBrowse always offers Califa members 15% off. BookBrowse has a special offer for member libraries through the end of December 2018: all set-up fees are waived!

BookFlix is rolling out new features, including improved search interface, highlighted Spanish content, variable speed Read-Alongs, new fox and owl characters, additional titles, and a new, user-friendly redesign.

Digitalia is excited to introduce its new Comics Plus catalog of thousands of digital comic books for every age range. Califa members will receive 10% off the list price, plus an additional 10% off through December 31, 2018.

Infobase is offering Califa members an open trial for all of its resources through December 15.

Koios specializes in affordable search engine marketing for libraries. Through December 31, Koios is offering Califa members an early adopter discount. Contact Bill Mott for details.

McGraw Hill is extending the following offers to Califa member libraries for new subscriptions signed prior to December 31, 2018: 15% off a one-year subscription to AccessScience, 30% off any subscription to the McGraw-Hill e-book library, and 50% off any perpetual access purchase for the McGraw Hill e-book library.

Muzzy (Growing Minds Media) is offering a special Califa discount until November 30, 2018, members will receive an additional 20% discount. Contact  Marguerite Pollard  (916-799-8703) today to place your order or to get more information.

Oxford University Press has added a new product to its portfolio: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be overwhelmed by identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate.
  • Authoritative Resources: Written by experts of the topic
  • Oxford-validated: Articles are vetted and approved by editors at Oxford University Press
  • Peer-reviewed: Comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries
  • Multidisciplinary: From Climate Science to Psychology, History to Linguistics, and Planetary Science to International Studies, the OREs offer content in 25 various subject areas

Pronunciator is unveiling an impressive list of new content, including the most comprehensive American Sign Language course in the world, a Mexican Spanish Sign Language course, and a citizenship preparation course in both English and Spanish.

P.V. Supa is offering a 3-month try-and-buy opportunity of their RFID Intelligent Shelves for libraries. For the cost of shipping and set up, California libraries can try one of Europe's hottest, most in-demand products: RFID Intelligent Shelves. Every time a patron returns an item to the shelf, it sends the information directly to the library system and registers the material as returned. No more queues, no more waiting in line. For all materials that are returned to the Intelligent S helf, security is automatically switched on, and the materials are instantly available to the next customer. The Intelligent Shelves dramatically decrease the workload of library personnel and increase turnaround times on returned materials.For more information or to request a Try and Buy Opportunity, please contact Katie DuPraw .

Zoobean has a new mobile app, and is offering Califa members a 20% discount through December 31, 2018, and 15% beginning January 1.
Webinars and Courses
Bibliocommons offers Transform Your Public Library’s Website from Functional to Magical with BiblioWeb Version 3.0 on 11/27 at 3 pm PST.

BookFlix has several upcoming webinars: 11/5 at 2 pm , 11/28 at 7 am PST (for you early birds), and 12/6 at 8 am PST .

Xello highlights its Career Cruising for Libraries resources with three on-demand webinars .

Pronunciator is offering two thirty-minute webinars on 11/6 at 11 am and 11/15 at 2 pm to showcase its new features.

Proquest has an ongoing series of webinars, focusing on each of its offerings.

Infopeople offers a broad range of one-time webinars, as well as multi-meeting courses. Some upcoming highlights include Teaching Patrons to Use Technology: Creating a Plan for Better Instruction, 11/6-12/10 and Supervisory Success: Interpersonal Skills for New and Not-so-new Supervisors, 11/27-12/24. For the full webinar and course listing, see
Conferences and Events
Charleston Conference: November 5-9 in Charleston, SC. Register here.

International Conference on Knowledge Management: November 9-10 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Register here.

California Library Association Annual Conference: November 9-11 in Santa Clara, CA. Register here.

Hawai’i Library Assocation Annual Conference: November 16-17 in Honolulu, HI. Register here.

ALA Midwinter: January 25-29, 2019 in Seattle, WA. Register here .

Ontario Library Association Annual Conference: January 30-February 2, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Register here.

Know of other conferences, trainings, meetups not listed here? Please share them with us!

Thank you for all you do!
[ 888.239.2289 ]  []  [ ]