The Challenge!

The “Leadership Challenge,” a partnership between the California State Library and the California Library Association, brings together librarians from all over the State to develop solutions to the issues important to their communities and help empower the residents of the most diverse state in the country.

In December 2018, the Pioneer group of Challengers convened in Ontario to take up the challenge. Here are the groups and the topics they have chosen:

Group “Census 2020”
Erik Berman, Alameda County
Katie DeKorte, Sacramento Public Library
Cheryl Gilera, LA County
Alvaro Quezada, USC Medical Library
Joanna Ritchie, Santa Clarita
Liz Vagani, San Diego County

Group “Diversity in the Profession”
Christine Bolivar, Lompoc Public Library
Madeline Bryant, LAPL
Tommy Bui, Inglewood Public Library
Charlotte King-Mills, San Diego County
Malissa Knapp, Solano County
James Tyner, Fresno County

Group “Early Childhood Education”
Jennifer Baker, Napa Valley Unified
Rachel Esguerra, San Diego Public
Erika Goodwin, LA County
Mike Shea, Pasadena Public
Derek Stalcup, Ventura County
Sarah Vantrease, Sonoma County Library

Group “New Service Models”
Yesenia Baltierra, Placentia Library District
Sonia Bautista, City of Commerce
Daisy Flores, Ontario City Library
Oleg Kagan, LA County
Natasha Martin, City of Roseville
Erik Thurman, Los Gatos Library

In May 2019, the groups will reconvene at the State Library to present their projects for consideration. More to come from this exciting new program!

For questions about “The Leadership Challenge”, please contact:

Robert Karatsu
Project Manager