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The CLA Young Adult Services Award of Achievement recognizes the accomplishments of an exceptional librarian or paraprofessional working in young adult services in a school or public library.

All members of the library community are invited to take this opportunity to recognize a deserving young adult services colleague who has made significant contribution in the area of young adult services.

A maximum of one award is given each year. The CLA Young Adult Services Award recipient is honored at the CLA annual conference. The winner will also receive $500 and a one-year membership to BAYA.


2016 Award Recipient

Angela Ocana, Santa Clara City Library


Angela Ocana has worked for the Santa Clara City Library for the past 18 years in a number of roles and is currently a librarian for their Northside Branch. Her work has garnered her multiple awards, including the ALA JohnCottonDana Award and the CLA PRExcellence Award. She has spoken on panels for Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC), California Library Association, American Library Association, Internet Librarian, Futures of Libraries, and at the San Diego Comic Book Convention. She creates dynamic and fun programming for all ages, but especially loves the work she does with teenagers. Secretly she is a unicorn, but keep that between us. 




Award Information

Application period
The 2017 award nomination period has closed.


  • Nominees nominated for the award are required to be CLA members.
  • Nominees must have worked for an entire year in a California library.
  • Nominees must submit three professional recommendations by nomination deadline. 
    • Recommendations should be emailed to Shana Sojoyner. When submitting recommendations by email, please label your files as follows: YAServices_nominee last name_ProfessionalReferences

How to Nominate

  • Nominators are not required to be CLA members however, if a nomination is made by a non-member, the nomination must be endorsed by a CLA member. If you need assistance in finding a CLA member to endorse your nomination, please contact Lauren Takeda at, no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • Nominators should submit a statement of no more than 500 words, identifying the nominee's achievements and briefly describing the impact of the achievements on those areas of the library profession that encompass young adult services.
  • Nominators may also write a Letter of Recommendation provided they are not nominating themselves.
  • If the nominator is also writing a Letter of Recommendation, the nomination statement may be a paraphrased version of the letter.

Criteria for selection are outstanding achievement in all of the following areas:

  • Nominees must have planned and implemented an outstanding, creative and innovative service for young adults in grades 6th-12th between January 1 and December 31, 2016.
  • Nominees must have created a program that has resulted in a positive impact in their library, resulting in positive community building for teens.
  • The nominee’s program or service must model best practices for teen programming, as outlined in YALSA's programming guidelines found at

Further information

  • The CLA Young Adult Services Award is coordinated by the Bay Area Young Adult Librarians (BAYA) and CLA's Youth Services Interest Group (YSIG).
  • BAYA/YSIG may consider only those individuals who have been formally nominated for the award.
  • BAYA/YSIG 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.
  • Nominations and all supplementary materials must be received by 5:00PM PDT on the last day of the nomination period.
  • If you have questions, please contact Brandi Bette Smead, BAYA President at

Nominate now!

2017 BAYA/YSIG Selection Committee Members:

Loryn Aman, San Leandro Public Library
Carla Avitable, Novato Library - Marin County Free Library
Kirstin Mandalay, Berkeley Public Library, North Branch
Brandi Bette Smead, Benicia Public Library


Erik Berman, San Jose Public Library
Alyson Hamlin, Riverside County Library System
Deborah Takahashi, Pasadena Public Library