2016 Outstanding Librarian
in Support of Literacy Award
Heather Pizzuto, Carlsbad City Library
Heather Pizzuto has served as the Library & Cultural Arts Director for the City of Carlsbad since 2005. She joined the Carlsbad City Library in 2000 as Principal Librarian overseeing public services. Before coming to Carlsbad, Heather managed the San Clemente Library for ten years, and began her career with the City of Ontario operating its bookmobile service and opening its first branch library.
Literacy and lifelong learning are a particular passion of Heather’s. She is proud of the services that have grown from sustained support, which demonstrate a commitment to serve the whole community in the learning journey. As a founding participant in the California Library Literacy Services program, Carlsbad’s adult literacy program has been in existence 32 years and is stronger than ever as it continues to positively impact the lives of individual learners and thereby strengthening the community. The Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, opened in 2008, offers lifelong learning services spanning early childhood literacy, family literacy, and technology literacy. Partnerships with a variety of agencies enable the Learning Center to offer lifelong learning programs for the 50+ population and ESL instruction, as well as migrant education programs and the Career Online High School program.
Heather is a member of the City’s Leadership Team, responsible for overseeing the city’s three library facilities, as well as cultural arts services that include the signature TGIF Concerts in the Parks program, Cannon Art Gallery and public art collection. The Library & Cultural Arts Department also offers a wide range of literary and performing arts programs.
CLA's Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy Award recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated passion, excellence and dedication in support of adult literacy. One award is given each year and the recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference.
The honoree receives $750 to support his or her continued engagement with the California Library Association. The funds may be used for CLA conference travel expenses and/or CLA membership renewal.
2015: Jayanti Addleman, County Librarian, Monterey County Free Libraries
2014: Natasha Casteel, City Librarian, Roseville Public Library
2013: Patricia Noa, Regional Services Manager, Orange County Public Library
2012: Christy Aguirre, Sacramento Public Library
2011: Patricia Lorenzo, Santa Clara County Library District
2010: Anne Cain, Contra Costa County Library
2009: Derek Wolfgram, Santa Clara County Library
2008: Jean Hofacket, Alameda County Library
2007: Carol Starr, Marin County Free Library
2006: John M. Adams, Orange County Public Library
2005: Sofia Bellos, Oxnard Public Library
2004: Leslie McGinnis Rodd, Oakland Public Library
2003: Chuck Aston, Redwood City Public Library