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California Library Hall of Fame: Linda Crowe
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Linda Crowe (1937-  )

In recent years, Linda Crowe has perhaps become best known for co-founding Califa Group, a 501C3 non-profit corporation, in 2004, to enable libraries to cooperatively purchase services and products. Today Califa saves its 220 library members over $4 million a year. In her role as CEO of the Pacific Library Partnership, she also led the merger of the four cooperative library systems (BALIS, PLS, MOBAC, and SVLS) in the San Francisco Bay Area, including all the public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. Moreover, Linda has been a tireless advocate of robust broadband connectivity for libraries statewide as well as nationally. In 2014, she was named a Broadband Champion by the California Emerging Technology Fund for her work in helping to increase the availability of broadband opportunities for libraries. A California Library Association (CLA) member since 1984, Linda’s accomplishments through CLA are many.  She served as CLA treasurer, 1988-94; chair of the Legislative Committee, 1996-98; co-chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Library Profession, 1994-95; and CLA president in 2000. Linda was also named CLA Member of the Year in 1995. In addition, she has been a member of and worked in various capacities for the American Library Association (ALA) since 1968. In particular, she was an active member of ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory. Linda received the Association of State and Cooperative Library Systems (ASCLA) Leadership Award in 1995 for her contributions to ALA.   


Linda Crowe was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2016.  For more information about her, please see:

  • "California Emerging Technology Fund Names Linda Crowe 2014 Broadband Champion," Califa Products and News! (April 15, 2014.)