January 2019 Newsletter
Happy 2019!
We are excited for all the great things to come for Califa members and the library world, and we want you to be part of the conversation!
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#librarylove and #libraryresolutions .

The Skye's the Limit
Congratulations to Library Journal's 2019 Librarian of the Year, Skye Patrick. We are proud to count LA County Library as a Califa member, and pleased to support their connection to the CENIC Broadband network.

Infopeople is now part of the Califa Group. We at Califa are so proud to support this nationally-known project that provides tailored continuing education designed for libraries by recognized library professionals. Here's our new Infopeople section of the Califa Newsletter:

Library safety is high on everyone’s minds right now. In light of that, we've highlighted some archived webinars that address this topic. 

In other news, Infopeople is taking part in an exciting grant project out of New Jersey - Cross Cultural Communicators in Libraries: Developing Culturally and Linguistically Competent Bilingual Library Professionals . The project will provide cultural competency training and community interpretation and translation skills training to bilingual (Spanish/English) public library professionals. There will be on-ground training in California in Fall 2019. Applications will be accepted early in the new year. We'll keep you posted here in the newsletter, on social media, and on your local library listserv.

There are lots of ways to stay current with Infopeople training opportunities . You can find us on Facebook and Twitter or you can go old-school and join our training announcement list, IFPTraining .
New Califa Vendors
We are excited to welcome a few new vendors to Califa!

BookPoints  is a free, open source application that allows libraries to easily build online summer reading applications, book club websites, and more. 

ByWater Solutions, whose mission is to empower libraries by giving them the technological flexibility and freedom they deserve through the use of open source software with comprehensive and honest support.

India for Everyone makes it simple to select materials that meet your community's needs and your library's budget. An OCLC cataloging partner, every item includes MARC records, and shelf-ready processing is optional.

Infogroup   ReferenceUSA  is used by libraries throughout the US for research, small business marketing, and job searching. Patronlink helps libraries interact with new patrons, target collections and programs to community needs, and boost library engagement

Newspaper Archive,   the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy for you to quickly explore historical content.

SAGE has agreed to a Califa member discount for their new product, Data Planet, which contains over 6.2 billion data sets from 465+ databases, is largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data.
enki is 5!

Happy 5th birthday, enki! Enki, the ebook platform created by libraries for libraries continues to grow.

With over 100 library systems sharing over 70,000 titles, enki offers library users an incredibly broad range of econtent.

Enki makes it easy to access popular indie fiction, graphic novels, programming books, encyclopedias, cookbooks, short stories collections, essays, and the most recent study guides.

Look for thousands of brand new titles in English and Spanish!
Top circulating titles for 2018 included the California Real Estate Exam Prep guide, Disarming the Narcissist, and George Orwell's 1984.
Member News
The California State Library is offering the New York Times online to California public libraries, including access to nytimes.com from 1851 to the present! Many libraries are already up and running. Get started here!

What innovative events and services is your library working on? Chicago Public Library is reaching people where they are with this super-cool outreach: Literacy at the Laundromat.

Congratulations to all the Indie Author Project winners from San Diego Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library and those from around the country!  The winning titles reflect the best indie and self-published eBooks each state has to offer in Adult and Young Adult Fiction and can be found in the Library Journal curated SELF-e Select collections on BiblioBoard Library and enki!

Send us your news! Got a grant? A new event? A job opening?
Member Spotlight
Featured Member: Butte County Library

Library Director: Mel Lightbody

How many people work at BCL, where is it located, and how many branches are there? Twenty-eight people work at Butte County Library, which is located in Butte County, California. We have 6 branches, plus a literacy department.

What are you most excited about at the libraries right now? We are excited to reopen the Paradise Branch Library soon and help the community recover. 

Says Susan Serrano, Assistant Director of Butte County Library, "The Camp Fire was devastating for our entire community but the outpouring of generosity and friendship has been so meaningful as we begin to plan for recovery. While we are fortunate the library is still standing, we know that our work to assist the community in its recovery is just beginning. Heartfelt thanks to all who have donated and reached out to help us."

Butte County Library staff have graciously worked at the library table at the Disaster Recovery Center in Chico providing free reading glasses, maps and books donated by Friends of the Library groups and other generous people wanting to help. The table proved to be popular and meaningful for the evacuees. Donations of beautiful comfort bears recently made by kids at the Bay Area Discovery Museum for displaced Butte County kids following the Camp Fire are also at the Recovery Center.

”I thought it was important that people saw a familiar Paradise face. I know so many of these people, and have given away many, many books and just listened or given out hugs. Helping kids and adults find a new or familiar treasure to take with them, so they can read a bedtime story to the kids or have a book or two or three for themselves...”
Karen Rigby, Paradise Library Staff Member working at the Disaster Recovery Center

Read more about Butte County Library's response to the fires in American Libraries.
Featured Vendor
Vendor Rep: Adam Brooks

How did ByWater get its start? Owners Nathan Curulla and Brendan Gallagher met at the age of three. Fast forward to September 2008, the pair reconnected to form a Koha support and implementation company. They named it after a place in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy significant as a hub of collaboration and exchange of news and ideas-- similar to the environment found in Koha and Open Source Software in general.

How many people work at ByWater, and where is it located? ByWater employs 24 full-time staff all dedicated to the ongoing support of the Koha ILS. We are a virtual company with a headquarters in California, but our team is spread throughout the country with team members living in Connecticut, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Washington!

How is ByWater making the world a better place?
ByWater Solutions allows libraries to save hundreds of thousands of dollars per year while not having to trade down on LMS functionality. Libraries who use Koha with ByWater can reinvest their savings into meaningful programs within their libraries, staff salaries, or a bigger collection. We  feel that open source as a model really fits well with the future of libraries, since with open access, data, and software, you can control the change that you want to see in the future.

How many people are using ByWater?  ByWater currently supports over 1,300 Koha libraries worldwide. Koha is used by over 15,000 libraries worldwide making it the most used ILS on the planet!

If ByWater was a person, what would its favorite vacation spot be, and why? New Zealand!! Not only because Koha was created there and the LOTR films were made there but because it is a fantastic place to visit!
Vendor Offers and News
AWE Learning is excited to announce the launch of Early Literacy Station Platinum (available in both English and Bilingual Spanish) and AfterSchool Edge Platinum. Platinum features brand new content, interfaces, and animations.

Muzzy is now available through OverDrive, Odilo, Hoopla, and Kanopy. BBC Muzzy helps children as young as two learn another language. Muzzy is available in multiple formats: online subscription, DVD set, and streaming.

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.

Proquest continues to help libraries compete with the likes of Spotify and Netflix with Music and Dance Online In addition to the distinction of being the largest, most diverse catalog of video, audio and full-text music content in the world, Music and Dance Online for Public Libraries also has powerful workflow tools. 

Skillsoft (formerly Books 24x7) just announced a content upgrade: IT Pro ebooks now include McGraw-Hill titles added and many IT, Productivity, and Collaboration ecourses have been added.

Zoobean has a new mobile app, and is offering Califa members a 15% discount beginning January 1.

For more information on any of these products or services, contact Rebecca Holloway , Califa Member Services & Outreach Manager.
Webinars and Courses
(times are represented in PST)

Infopeople offers a broad range of free one-time webinars, as well as self-paced courses. Some upcoming highlights include:

For full webinar and course listings, see Infopeople.org.

Other upcoming web training:


PLA: Starting Small with Project Outcome (Wed, Jan 30 from 11 am- 12 noon)

Conferences and Events
ALA Midwinter: January 25-29 in Seattle, WA. Register here .

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

California Association of Museums Annual Conference: February 7-9 in San Francisco, CA. Register here.

Code4Lib Annual Conference: February 19-22 in San Jose, CA. Register here.

Alaska Library Association Annual Conference: February 28 – March 3 in Juneau, AK. Book your accommodations here .

Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference: March 3-6 in Austin, TX. Register here.

Seguimos Creando Enlaces Conference: March 14-15 in San Diego, CA. Register here .

LibTech Conference: March 21-21 in St. Paul, MN. Register here.

Know of other conferences, trainings, meetups not listed here? Please share them with us!
Thank you for being a part of Califa!
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