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California Library Hall of Fame

California librarianship has had a rich and fascinating history. From our world-renowned county library systems created in the early 1900s to our dedicated school and public librarians determined to continue serving interned Japanese-American children during World War II, from our academic librarians' fight against McCarthyism in the 1950s to our statewide fight against illiteracy in the 1980s, Californians have been among the first in the library profession to embrace innovation and champion services to all populations.

The California Library Hall of Fame honors the historical significance and lifetime achievements of the many librarians, library workers and supporters who have helped promote and improve library services in California. All members of the library community are invited to nominate individuals who have made an historically significant contribution to the improvement of California libraries over a sustained period of time.

No more than ten nominees are inducted into the Hall of Fame in any given year. Inductees are featured in CLA's online California Library Hall of Fame and honored at the CLA Awards Ceremony during the annual conference. The California Library Hall of Fame is coordinated by CLA's Library History Interest Group.

Submit a nomination for the California Library Hall of Fame.

2013 Hall of Fame Honorees

The California Library Association is honored to announce the 2013 California Library Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Essae Martha Culver (1882-1973), rural libraries pioneer, county librarian of Glenn, Butte, and Merced counties, and president of the American Library Association
  • Adelaide Hasse (1868-1953), created the Superintendent of Documents Classification System still in use today, wrote countless books and library articles, established the first library-training program in California, and was named one of the 100 most influential library leaders of the 20th century
  • Huell Howser (1945-2013), library and literacy advocate, TV host, and overall California booster
  • John Kallenberg (1942-2011), Fresno County Librarian, library advocate, and president of both the California Library Association and California Library Services Board
  • Ida May Reagan (1875-1971), county library organizer, and Butte County's first county librarian, a true "woman of the west"
  • Gretchen Knief Schenk (1901-1989), intellectual freedom defender, county library organizer, prolific author, and Washington State Librarian
  • Dr. Kevin Starr (1940-    ), California State Librarian, historian, beloved author, and eloquent library spokesperson
  • Althea Warren (1886-1958), beloved Los Angeles Public Library director and president of both the California and American Library Association
  • William Henry Weeks (1864-1936), created more Carnegie libraries in California than any other architect, made library users feel a part of something larger than life
Award Information

The California Library Hall of Fame honors the historical significance and lifetime achievement of the many librarians, library workers and supporters who have helped promote and improve library services in California. All members of the library community are invited to nominate individuals who have made an historically significant contribution to the improvement of California libraries over a sustained period of time.

No more than ten nominees are inducted into the Hall of Fame in any given year. Inductees are featured in CLA's online California Library Hall of Fame and honored at CLA's Awards Gala during the annual conference. The California Library Hall of Fame is coordinated by CLA's Library History Interest Group.

Nomination period
The 2014 award nomination period opens January 21 and closes April 11. Successful recipients will be notified by June 2014.

Eligibility

  • Only individuals, retired and/or deceased, who have worked in and/or advocated on behalf of California libraries may be nominated.
  • CLA membership is not required for those persons being nominated, though they must have played a significant leadership role in California library history.
  • 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.

How to nominate
Nominators should submit a statement of no more than 500 words in support of their nomination. Selection criteria for induction into the California Library Hall of Fame include:

  • an individual's record of leadership in the California Library Association and/or other statewide library group(s) or institution(s);
  • the historical importance and impact of the person's lifetime achievement in improving California library services; and
  • the person's contribution to improving library services at the national level.

Further information

  • The California Library Hall of Fame is coordinated by CLA's Library History Interest Group (LHIG).
  • LHIG will consider only those individuals who have been formally nominated for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
  • LHIG reserves the right to induct no-one into the California Library Hall of Fame if qualified candidates are not found.
  • Nominators of successful nominees will be asked to provide a photograph of the inductee to be used on the California Library Hall of Fame website. Content from the nomination form may also be posted on the website.
  • Nominators may nominate more than one candidate for the California Library Hall of Fame, however, a separate nomination form must be submitted for each candidate.
  • Nominations and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00pm on the submission deadline.
  • If you have questions, please contact Cindy Mediavilla.

California Library Hall of Fame Committee

  • Letitia Bowles, Hemet Public Library
  • Debra Hansen, SJSU SLIS
  • David McFadden, Southwestern Law School
  • Cindy Mediavilla, California State Library (Chair)
  • Kimberlee Wheeler, Butte County Library

 

 

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