Welcome Ron and Elaine to the Advisory Council

We recently welcomed Elaine Tai and Ron Solórzano to the California Center for the Book Advisory Council. Both Ron and Elaine were selected for their commitment to community engagement, work on diversity and equity, contributions to the library profession, support for community reads, and general willingness to dive right in and help us build stronger California Center for the Book initiatives in the upcoming fiscal year. Please join us in welcoming Elaine and Ron to the team. More information about these valued council members can be found below.

Ron and Elaine Headshots

Elaine Tai is an Adult Services Librarian at Burlingame Public Library, where she has run Book to Action programs these past two years, and often presents events around art, talks on social discussions, and conversations with authors. Within the library she works on the equity team (and on the California Race Equity and Inclusion Initiative grant), the marketing committee, and display committee. She’s greatly interested in the intersection of social justice and librarianship and the biases rooted throughout our profession, as well as issues like wayfinding and usability. Elaine is also the Co-Chair of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee, currently a judge with the APALA Literature Award Committee for Adult Fiction, and was a founding judge for the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Award. She previously worked in Access Services at Stanford University as a Library Specialist, and comes from a retail background.

Ron Solórzano is the Ventura County Library’s Regional Librarian for the Ojai Valley & El Rio. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked with the Ventura County Library since 2013, supervising a team across four branch libraries and participating in committee work on collection development, circulation policy, and adult programming. Ron is also a member of the Ventura County STEM Network’s steering committee, UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Diversity Council, and the newly-formed Central Coast chapter of REFORMA. Since 2018 he has coordinated the Ventura County Library’s One County, One Book community reading program in collaboration with partners that include local libraries, universities, museums, and businesses.

Huge thanks to outgoing council members Dana Vinke, Jody Thomas and Cathy Crosthwaite. Please stay posted in Fall 2020 for an open call to fill the tenth spot on the California Center for the Book Advisory Council. We will be seeking applicants with experience in Book to Action or similar community wide reads and civic engagement projects. Learn more about the California Center for the Book Advisory Council.