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School Librarian Named to State Board

Governor Gray Davis has appointed Lucy Lin, librarian at Bixby and Lowell elementary schools, to the Library of California Board. The mission of the Library of California Board is to make certain that all Californians have free and convenient access to all library resources and services for the enrichment of their lives and for lifelong learning, regardless of their age or ethnicity, or any geographical, financial or administrative constraints. Board members do not receive salaries. Lin credits a visit by California’s First Lady Sharon Davis to Bixby Elementary School in 2000 with starting her on the path to her nomination to the state board. Davis, visiting the school because of its outstanding API growth, was scheduled to spend 30 minutes in the library. She was so taken with what Lin and the district had done using technology to support learning that she stayed for two hours. Then, last fall, the governor’s office called Lin to ask if she would like to apply to serve on the state board. LBUSD’s exemplary commitment to school libraries impressed the governor. During the past four years, libraries here have been computerized and networked, something that is unusual in the state. Unlike some other districts, LBUSD has always employed credentialed librarians to provide high quality service to students and teachers. "I bragged about that to Mrs. Davis," said Lin. Lowell has been honored as a recipient of the Governor’s Reading Award and was featured as a Model Library by the California State Librarians Association Conference. During that conference in Long Beach 60 librarians from throughout the state toured the Lowell library to see its up-to-date information technology. Lin has been with the district since 1973. She is a member of California Teachers Association, the Librarians Association of Long Beach and Computer Users in Education (CUE).