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CLA Technical Services New Leader Award
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The CLA Technical Services New Leader Award cultivates new leadership in the field of library technical services. The award honors emerging leaders, enables them to attend and actively participate in the CLA conference and technical services annual meeting, and encourages and inspires them to accept leadership roles within both CLA’s Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) and the association as a whole.

A maximum of one award is given each year. CLA’s Technical Services New Leader is presented with $500 (to help cover conference registration, travel and lodging expense), honored at the CLA annual conference, and is enrolled into CLA’s Mentoring Program.

The CLA Technical Services New Leader Award is sponsored by Brodart.

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2015 Award Recipient

Michelle Alvarado, Sacramento Public Library

Working at the Sacramento Public Library, Michelle Alvarado is part of a dynamic Collection Services Department.  Primarily responsible for cataloging, she strives to improve the user experience and optimizes the catalog for modern search styles. Her goal is to improve the working relationship between public services and technical services. In the last year, she has visited all 32 locations, training staff to use the public facing catalog. Whatever ideas her coworkers dream up, whether circulating sewing machines or power tools, Michelle is enthusiastic to make it happen. Previously, Michelle worked as a copy cataloger for University of California Berkeley. She began her career in libraries working as a shelver while in high school.




Award Information

Application period
The 2017 application period has closed.


  • Applicants are required to be members of CLA.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a library degree program, be a recent library school graduate, or have no more than five years of post-master's degree experience.
  • Applicants agree to attend and report on technical services meetings and programs at the CLA conference and must be willing to serve on a TSIG committee or task force, or run for TSIG office, following the annual conference.

How to apply
Applicants should submit the following to CLA:

  • A brief professional interest statement (no more than 350 words) explaining your interest and background in technical services and your career goals.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter are optional.
  • Evidence of committee work, special projects, program planning, etc. at the paraprofessional or student level are all plusses that the committee considers.

Please note: when submitting supplementary files by email, please label your files as follows: TSIG New Leader_your last name_document (e.g.: TSIG New Leader_smith_CV; TSIG New Leader_smith_cover letter).

Applications should be submitted using the online application form below. Supplementary files may be emailed to Shana Sojoyner.

Further information

  • The CLA Technical Services New Leader Award is coordinated by CLA's Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG).
  • TSIG 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.
  • If you have any questions about the award, please contact Julie Moore.

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2017 CLA Technical Services New Leader Award Committee

  • Emily Koster, Contra Costa County Library 

  • Julie Moore, California State University, Fresno (Chair)

  • Elise Wong, Saint Mary's College of California