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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.

Apply for the CLA Technical Services New Leader Award

2018 Award Recipient

Moriah Guy, Gobi Library Solutions

Moriah Guy is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Masters of Management in Library and Information Science. Moriah’s original background was in Biology before making the transition to librarianship. For the last year, Moriah has worked at Gobi Library Solutions from EBSCO to help libraries in California and the Western United States to align their technical service workflows with the needs of the library. Through her work on the vendor side of librarianship, Moriah has worked with hundreds of libraries on ILS migrations, catalog mappings, technical specification reviews, trainings, service implementations, and opening day collections. Moriah plans to be a voice for librarianship on the vendor side by communicating library needs based on provided feedback from the libraries she works with.



Award Information

Application period
The 2020 application period is open until June 1, 2020.


  • Applicants are required to be members of CLA.  If unsure, please contact the CLA Office for assistance no later than two weeks prior to the deadline.
  • 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 Holly Macriss.

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 Amber Kuo.

2020 CLA Technical Services New Leader Award Committee

  • Amber Kuo, LA County Library (Chair)

Application period will close on June 1, 2020