President’s Message

Report from the CSLA PresidentTerry Lai
Terry Lai

I have the honor of being your President for this year.

Through your membership in CSLA, I hope you will make new connections; get worthwhile, usable PD; learn new concepts and processes;increase your excitement about this incredible profession; and be renewed.

You are finally getting some recognition for the incredible job you do in your school libraries. Backed by the Model School Library Standards (MSLS) and supplemented by the Library audit and ESSA, brought to light by the Stanford report, and strengthened by proposed legislation on media literacy curriculum and civic online reasoning, school librarians will be sought after for their expertise and skill in teaching students to analyze, evaluate, synthesize, produce mediated messages, distinguish between real and fake news, and understand moral obligations and ethical standards.

Make a plan and advocate.  Think- “This is what I can do.”  Then showcase and advertise. Say- “This is what I have done.”

I began my journey with CSLA many years ago. I knew that it was important to support my association and give back service. I have not regretted my involvement in CSLA. I have met so many dedicated and hardworking, inspiring men and women that have been my Personal Learning Network (PLN). This vital networking far exceeds the amount of effort I have put out serving the association.

CSLA needs you. If you can give some time to CSLA, contact your section rep. The contact information for the Northern Board can be found here and Southern Board here. If you do not know your section, check the section map here, or email either the Region Presidents or me (