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Linda Crowe, 2016 California Library Association (CLA) Hall of Fame


The administration and staff of the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP), Peninsula Library System (PLS), and the Califa Group are pleased to jointly announce the selection of Linda Crowe into the 2016 California Library Association (CLA) Hall of Fame. Linda’s selection is an acknowledgement of her leadership in our profession which has had a significant and positive impact on improving library service in California.

Linda was the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System from 1983-2015. During her leadership, she led many initiatives which helped this 35-member consortium of public and community college libraries provide innovative and cost-effective services.

In 2004, Linda co-founded the Califa Group, a 501C3 non-profit corporation and served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2004-2015. The Califa Group enables libraries to purchase services and products cooperatively. With a membership of 220 libraries, Califa saves its members over 4 million dollars a year. Califa currently serves as the aggregator of the CENIC broadband project that provides high speed broadband to public libraries throughout California. Califa also serves as the project manager for a National Science Foundation grant that brings STEM programming to rural public libraries throughout the country.

In 2008, Linda led the merger of the four CLSA cooperative library systems in the San Francisco Bay Area (BALIS, PLS, MOBAC, and SVLS), which includes all of the public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. This merger resulted in the development of the Pacific Library Partnership, one of the nine regional library cooperatives in California. Linda served as the Chief Executive Officer of PLP from 2009-2015 where she
provided vision, leadership, and administrative oversight.

Linda is currently serving as a consultant on the CENIC project.
Susan Hildreth, who has held various positions in the field, including California State Librarian, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Director roles with PLP, PLS and Califa, applauded Linda’s selection and thought it most deserving, saying, “Linda is a great model for our field, a big picture thinker, entrepreneur and risk-taker who made a huge contribution to moving the library field forward in California and nationally.”

During her tenure in California, Linda contributed greatly to CLA. A member since 1984, her accomplishments with CLA are many. She served as the Treasurer from 1988-94; Chair of the Legislative Committee from 1996-98; Co-Chair of the Task Force on the Future of the Library Profession, 1994-95; and CLA President in 2001. In 1995, in recognition of her dedicated leadership, Linda was honored as the CLA Member of the Year. In 2014, Linda was the recipient of the CLA Technology Professional Award.

Linda has been a member of ALA since 1968 and worked in various capacities with the organization over the years. She also received the Association of State and Cooperative Library Systems (ASCLA) Leadership Award in 1995 for her contributions to ALA.

Linda will be recognized at the 2016 California Library Association Annual Convention Awards Reception on Thursday, November 3, 2017, from 8-10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased through the CLA conference website. For more information about the California Library Hall of Fame and this year’s inductees, please click here:

Linda Crowe Press Release

Carol Frost, PLP System Director & PLS Acting Director
P: 650. 349.5538


Through a collaboration between San Francisco State University and the Palo Alto Art Center, there is a new showcase featuring books as works of art, through either the creation of them, or the creation of something new using the books as raw material.  Visit this site for more information.

The Safety of Books

Here’s an interesting article on how books are better than the Internet, for documentation and archival reasons, and serve as better protection from censorship.  As great as the Internet is, the Way Back Machine can’t bring it all back.  Given that many new librarians are extremely adept with the new sources (databases and Web-based searches), maybe there should be some good hands-on training for what small amounts of print reference materials are still in the branches, for when network issues hit the buildings.  What do you think?  Do your staff members all know how to use the old and the new?

Reading has Value Added

The Harvard Business Review just put up an interesting post about how readers tend to be more successful as leaders.  In addition to just being fun, and reducing stress, readers generally have higher verbal and emotional intelligence, more skills in organizational management, and increased abstract reasoning skills.  And here I thought I was just kicking back with a good book.

Reading and Relaxing

Reading and Relaxing

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a great idea for promoting library love this year!  Heidi Has a Hobby photographed the fabulous image below, which a co-worker created.

Love Your Library with a heart display

Love Your Library, indeed!