Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

About the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award
A bi-annual award recognizing and honoring a librarian who invests time and talent to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship by:
  • taking risks to further the cause;
  • helping new librarians grow and achieve;
  • working for change within the American Library Association or other library organization;
  • inspiring colleagues to excel or make the impossible possible.

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2018 Recipient(s)

Linda Crowe

retired Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System and the Califa Group as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP)

Throughout her distinguished career, Linda is best known for co-founding the Califa Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, to enable libraries to purchase services and products cooperatively, saving its 220 member libraries (both public and community college libraries) in excess of four million dollars a year. Califa 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 across the country. In 2014, Linda was named a Broadband Champion by the California Emerging Technology Fund for her tireless work and advocacy in helping increase availability of broadband opportunities for libraries.

Linda continued her professional devotion to making the impossible possible by serving as CEO of the Pacific Library Partnership, where she oversaw the merger of four cooperative library systems in the San Francisco Bay Area, including all public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. In this role, she provided not only administrative oversight but also vision and leadership.