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Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award
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CLA's Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated passion, excellence and dedication in support of adult literacy.

One award is given each year.  The recipient receives a one-year free CLA individual membership to support his or her continued engagement with the California Library Association and is honored at the CLA annual conference.

Submit your nomination for the Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award

2016 Award Recipient

Heather Pizzuto, Carlsbad City Library

Heather Pizzuto has served as the Library & Cultural Arts Director for the City of Carlsbad since 2005.  She joined the Carlsbad City Library in 2000 as Principal Librarian overseeing public services. Before coming to Carlsbad, Heather managed the San Clemente Library for ten years, and began her career with the City of Ontario operating its bookmobile service and opening its first branch library.

Literacy and lifelong learning are a particular passion of Heather’s. She is proud of the services that have grown from sustained support, which demonstrate a commitment to serve the whole community in the learning journey. As a founding participant in the California Library Literacy Services program, Carlsbad’s adult literacy program has been in existence 32 years and is stronger than ever as it continues to positively impact the lives of individual learners and thereby strengthening the community. The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, opened in 2008, offers lifelong learning services spanning early childhood literacy, family literacy, and technology literacy. Partnerships with a variety of agencies enable the Learning Center to offer lifelong learning programs for the 50+ population and ESL instruction, as well as migrant education programs and the Career Online High School program.

Heather is a member of the City’s Leadership Team, responsible for overseeing the city’s three library facilities, as well as cultural arts services that include the signature TGIF Concerts in the Parks program, Cannon Art Gallery and public art collection. The Library & Cultural Arts Department also offers a wide range of literary and performing arts programs.


Award Information

Nomination period
The 2017 award nomination period has closed.


  • The nominee can be a library staff member who has performed one or more of the following services in support of literacy: outreach, programming, advocacy, recruitment, public awareness, collection development, fundraising, other -- you name it!
  • The nominee cannot be a literacy services staff person who already provides direct literacy services.
  • Persons nominated for the award are required to be CLA members.
  • Nominators are not required to be CLA members. However, if a nomination is made by a non-member, the nomination must be endorsed by a CLA member. If you need assistance in finding a CLA member to endorse your nomination, please contact the CLA office no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Only one nomination per library jurisdiction is permitted.
  • The OLSL Award is an individual award and a nomination may not be made for a group.

How to nominate
Nominators should submit the following to CLA:

  • A brief description of what the nominee has done to demonstrate passion, excellence, and dedication on behalf of literacy. (Not to exceed 300 words.)
  • Information about the nominee's library background and what the nominee's outstanding qualities are. E.g., how long has s/he worked in libraries and what has been the nature of that work? (Not to exceed 150 words.)
  • Anything else the committee should know about the nominee. (Not to exceed 150 words.)

Further information

  • CLA's Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award is coordinated by CLA's Literacy Interest Group.
  • The Literacy Interest Group reserves the right not to give an award if a qualified candidate is not found.
  • Award recipients will be asked to submit a photograph to be used in award publicity.
  • Nominations and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00pm on the submission deadline. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Submit Your Nomination!

2017 Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Committee

  • Elizabeth Gray, Yolo County Library
  • Casandra Issaka, Sacramento Public Library (Co-Chair)
  • Lynn McCormick, Tuolumne County Library
  • Sabrina Rosengren, Sacramento Public Library (Co-Chair)
  • Beverly Schwartzerg, Santa Barbara Public Library
  • Carrie Scott, Carlsbad City Library
  • Erica Ann Watson, Charter College
  • Cheryl Weiss, Newport Beach Public Library