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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

2019 Award Recipient

Ann Longyear, Pasadena Library Foundation 

Ann’s tenure supporting the Pasadena Library has been as a board member of the Pasadena Library Foundation which she helped establish in 1983 to raise funds to refurbish and restore the beautiful Central Library building which had fallen into disrepair and not in keeping with its architectural integrity. Through her unwavering commitment, she led the volunteer board to raise over $2 million dollars in a six-year period and complete a successful renovation of the Central Library. The 1927 Central Library, designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt has become the centerpiece of the library system and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After the first phase of the restoration the Foundation the established an endowment and has continued to raise funds in excess of 4 million dollars to support significant projects at the Central branch. These include renovations of the Children’s room and the Donald Wright Auditorium, replacement of the cork flooring in the Great Hall, significant upgrades to technology (including creating elevator access to the lower level computer center), restoration of the outdoor fountain, and landscaping. Another major project included a new Teen Center. Recently, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation joined with the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library to raise funds to restore the once-beautiful façade of the main Library to its former glory. Through all these projects, Mrs. Longyear was actively engaged and supportive, working hand-in-hand with library administration to help carry out the projects. She has continued her active involvement in the Foundation for over thirty-fiveyears! 

Mrs. Longyear was also instrumental in advocating for stable funding support for the Library. In the early 1980’s she along with a strong corps of community stalwarts led an effort to pass a special library tax dedicated to library operations. The initial tax passed overwhelmingly and has since been reauthorized twice, both with over 80% voter approval. The Pasadena Public Library continues to garner strong community support. Much of this is due to Mrs. Longyear’s dedication, commitment and love for the library. She is an unsung hero that that richly deserves recognition at the highest level.  

The Central Library building continues to be one of Pasadena’s civic treasures, housing a library collection of nearly 800,000 items (books, eBooks, CDs, audio books, etc.), state of the art information technologies and 85 computers for use by patrons. Since 1984, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation, thanks to the dynamic and extraordinary leadership of Mrs. Ann Longyear has raised not only millions of private funding for the preservation of the building and the increasing technology needs of a modern library, but raised community awareness and political support for the Pasadena Public Library.


Award Information

Nomination period
The 2020 award nomination period is open until June 1, 2020.


  • 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.

Application period will close on June 1, 2020


Please include information about the person you are nominating below.