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2016 CLA Awards and Scholarship Recipients
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2016 CLA Awards and Scholarship Recipients

The California Library Association is pleased to announce and congratulate the recipients of its 2016 awards and scholarships!

Please join us as we recognize all awardees at the CLA Awards Reception Gala on Thursday, November 3, 8PM-10PM.  Tickets may be purchased through the CLA conference website.

Awards marked with an asterisk (*) will be presented to recipients at the specific interest group meetings held during the CLA annual conference.  Please check the Conference Meetings schedule for dates, times and locations.



CLA Member of the Year
Cindy Mediavilla, University of California, Los Angeles

CLA President’s Award
Natalie Cole, California State Library

CLA Legislative Award
State Senator Lois Wolk
Award presented at the Membership Meeting.

California Library Hall of Fame

  • Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, was a passionate supporter of libraries.
  • Linda Crowe (1937- ), is co-founder of Califa, led the merger of four cooperative library systems into the Pacific Library Partnership, and is a tireless advocate of robust broadband connectivity.
  • Mary Foy (1862-1962), was the first female chief librarian of Los Angeles Public Library.
  • Anne Hadden (1874-1963), was the first director of the Monterey County Free Library and the inspiration for Patricia Beatty's Eight Mules from Monterey.
  • May Dexter Henshall (1867-1962), was a prominent school and county library organizer in the early 1900s.
  • Rosamond Parma (1884-1946), was the University of California's first law librarian and first female president of the American Association of Law Libraries.
  • Joseph Cummings Rowell (1853-1938), was UC Berkeley's first full-time librarian and first president of the California Library Association (1895-97).
  • Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), was a renowned children's librarian, author, and library school educator.

*CLA Technical Services Award of Achievement
Hermine Vermeij, University of California, Los Angeles
Sponsored by OCLC.  Award presented at the Technical Services Interest Group meeting.

*CLA Technology New Leader Award
Christopher Kyauk, Alameda County Library
Sponsored by The Galecia Group.  Award presented at the Technology Interest Group meeting.

*CLA Technology Professional Award
Paula MacKinnon, Califa Group
Sponsored by Springshare.  Award presented at the Technology Interest Group meeting.

*CLA Young Adult Services Award
Angela Ocana, Santa Clara City Library
Sponsored by BAYA and YSIG.  Award presented at the Youth Services Interest Group meeting.

Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award
Heather Pizzuto, Carlsbad City Library
Sponsored by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards, BALit, SCLLN, and NCLC.

Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award
Erin Berman, San Jose Public Library
Julie Oborny, San Jose Public Library
Kate Roberts, San Jose Public Library

PRExcellence Awards

Less than $5 million budget: Print
Burlingame Public Library
Project: Summer in Austenland

Less than $5 million budget: Electronic
Burlingame Public Library
Project: Shelfie Song Music Video

Less than $5 million budget: Event or Campaign
South San Francisco Public Library
Project: Rad American Women A-Z: The Countdown to Rad

Less than $5 million budget: Wildcard
Torrance Public Library
Project: Library Delivery Van Wrap - A moving promotion!

$5-10 million budget: Event or Campaign
Santa Clara City Library
Project: S.T.E.M. Innovation Bowl

$5-10 million budget: Wildcard
Monterey County Free Libraries
Project: Monte the Mascot - Branding the library memorably and uniquely

$10 million + budget: Print
Santa Monica Public Library
Project: Imagine Santa Monica: The Best from the Image Archives

$10 million + budget: Print
University of Southern California Libraries
Project: The Essential Guide to USC Libraries

$10 million + budget: Electronic
San Diego County Library
Project: 2014-2015 Annual Report

$10 million + budget: Event or Campaign
San Francisco Public Library
Project: Summer Stride: Read. Make. Learn.

$10 million + budget: Wildcard
Fresno County Public Library
Project: Our Lives Video Project

$10 million + budget: Wildcard
University of Southern California Libraries
Project: L.A.T.B.D. at the University of Southern California Libraries



Begun Scholarship
Mahasin Abuwi Aleem, San Jose State University

CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland
Jasmin Avila, San Jose State University
Nicole Patch, University of California, Los Angeles
Chloe Van Stralendorff, San Jose State University