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CLA President's Award

The CLA President’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and achievement in support of California libraries by a Trustee, Friend, Elected Official or other lay person who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries. The California library community is invited and encouraged to submit nominations for this prestigious award.

The President's Award recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference.

Nomination information for the CLA President's Award

2018 Award Recipient

John MacLeod, XRLibraries

For the last 25 years, John has worked making technology available and accessible to the community through his non-profit New Media Learning.  His startup tech background with Autodesk helped him understand the power these tools have for people to create the future.

He worked with Sara Jones of the Marin County Free Library to create the Marinovation Learning Center. This community partnership has a library branch, MAKERSPACE, Media Studio and XRMARIN, a VR /AR learning lab.

He started XRLibraries in 2016 to begin installing virtual and augmented reality programming in libraries. He coordinates the California Virtual Reality Experience Grant for State Librarian Greg Lucas and CALIFA. 200 VR systems have been installed in underserved libraries, making this the largest VR installation in public library networks.

He continues to build a national clearinghouse for libraries to share best practices in the use of XR technologies in libraries.


Award Information

Nomination period
The 2019 award nomination period closed on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:00PM PST.


  • Nominees may be trustees, friends, elected officials or lay persons who have given their time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries.
  • Nominees are not 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.

How to nominate
Nominators should submit:

  • evidence of the nominee's outstanding contributions, leadership, and achievement in support of California libraries (the statement should be specific, should include dates where appropriate, and should not exceed 500 words); and
  • at least two, but no more than four, letters of support for the nomination.

Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: CLAPres_nominee's last name_document (e.g.: CLAPres_smith_letter of support1).

Nominations should be submitted using the online nomination form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Holly Macriss.

Further information

  • Nominations for the President's Award are forwarded to the CLA President who selects the award recipient.  After reviewing the nominations, the President may select a recipient from among the nominees, or may choose to honor someone who was not among that group.
  • CLA 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.


Nomination period is now closed