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 Year One, members of the California library community will work in teams to explore shared challenges, issues, and topics of interest. You and your team take up a challenge that faces California’s libraries or California’s communities and create a game plan to improve the status quo.

Five months after the groups form and the challenges to address are selected, work groups will report back and provide recommendations for action. In Year Two there will be opportunities to implement viable recommendations.

Here is who will be taking the Challenge in 2018-19:

First Name Last Name Organization
Jennifer Baker Napa Valley Unified School District
Yesenia Baltierra Placentia Library District
Sonia Bautista City of Commerce Public Library
Erik Berman Alameda County Library
Christine Bolivar Lompoc Public Library
Madeline Bryant Los Angeles Public Library
Tommy Bui Inglewood Public Library
Katie DeKorte Sacramento Public Library
Rachel Esguerra San Diego Public Library
Daisy Flores Ontario City Library
Cheryl Gilera LA County Library
Erika Goodwin LA County Library
Oleg Kagan LA County Library
Charlotte King-Mills San Diego County Library
Malissa Knapp Solano County Library
Natasha Martin City of Roseville
Alvaro Quezada USC
Joanna Ritchie City of Santa Clarita
Mike Shea Pasadena Public Library
Derek Stalcup Ventura County Library
Erik Thurman Los Gatos Library
James Tyner Fresno County Library
Liz Vagani San Diego County Library
Sarah Vantrease Sonoma County Library

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

Robert Karatsu
Project Manager